The Executed: A Glance at 10 Key Texas Executions

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  • Raymond Landry, No. 29
  • Leo Jenkins, No. 105
  • Karla Tucker, No. 145
  • Kenneth McDuff, No. 161
  • Ponchai Wilkerson, No. 210
  • Gary Graham, No. 222
  • Cameron Todd Willingham, No. 320
  • Angel Resendiz, No. 368
  • Kimberly McCarthy, No. 500
  • Charlie Brooks

Karla Tucker, No. 145

Feb. 3, 1998: Karla Tucker, No. 145, the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War. Tucker's born-again-Christian conversion and persuasive TV interviews sparked debate over whether her redemption should justify commuting her sentence to life. Tucker was convicted of using a pickax to kill Jerry Lynn Dean during a burglary of his Houston apartment. A woman with Dean also was killed. On a tape recording played at her trial, Tucker said she had an orgasm each time she swung the ax into their bodies. (Photo: AP Photo/The Houston Chronicle/Ben Desoto, File)

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