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Texas execution brings total to 454

By the CNN Wire Staff
Samuel Bustamante's last meal included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a six pack of Coke.
Samuel Bustamante's last meal included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a six pack of Coke.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Samuel Bustamante was seventh killer executed in Texas this year
  • He was pronounced dead Tuesday at 6:22 p.m. CT
  • Texas has nine more executions scheduled for this summer
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(CNN) -- Samuel Bustamante, convicted of the 1998 fatal stabbing of a man, was put to death in Texas on Tuesday.

The execution was Texas' seventh of the year, and the state has at least nine more executions scheduled during the summer, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said.

Bustamante, 40, received the lethal drug cocktail at 6:14 p.m. CT. He was pronounced dead eight minutes later, authorities said.

The seven executions in Texas this year total one less than all the other states combined, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington-based nonprofit organization opposing the death penalty.

Since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, Texas has carried out 454 executions, far more than any other state. Virginia is second with 106, the Death Penalty Information Center said.

Bustamante was convicted of stabbing a man to death after he had given the man a ride in his car, authorities said.

According to prison authorities, Bustamante made no statement before his execution.

His final meal was fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, tortillas and a six pack of Coke, authorities said.