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Texas executes 32nd inmate this year

October 29, 1997
Web posted at: 2:33 p.m. EST (1933 GMT)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (CNN) -- A man condemned for his role in a 1983 attack that left four people dead at a Houston arcade became the 32nd Texas death row inmate to be executed this year.

In his last statement, Kenneth Ray Ransom insisted Tuesday he was innocent and said his death would be "an instrument to abolishing the death penalty." He died of lethal injection.

Ransom, 34, was condemned for fatally stabbing one of the four employees at the Malibu Grand Prix, a video arcade and go-cart track in southwest Houston.

An accomplice, Richard Wilkerson, 29, was executed four years ago and a third participant, James Randle, who was 16 at the time of the July 1, 1983, killings, is serving a life sentence.


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