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Posted: Apr 10, 2014 2:30 AM

Updated: Apr 10, 2014 2:31 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving time for murder has been executed in Texas for killing a local rancher in 1997. Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital last night. He was illegally living in the U.S. when he was arrested for the October 1997 slaying of Glen Lich.

HOUSTON (AP) A Houston woman convicted of murder for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe may testify during the sentencing phase of her trial. Defense attorney Jack Carroll plans to call his client Ana Trujillo (troo-HEE'-yoh) to testify today. Prosecutors presented 19 witnesses yesterday.

McALLEN, Texas (AP) Three relatives of Progreso's mayor have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery in a "pay to play" public contracting system involving federal funds. Jose and Michael Vela pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery. Orlando Vela pleaded guilty to theft by submitting invoices to the school district for items he didn't supply. Mayor Omar Vela pleaded guilty to bribery last week.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Former President Bill Clinton is using the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to create new restrictions for voters. He says they threaten to roll back a half-century of progress. Clinton spoke last night during the Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin.

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