Texas executes avowed racist for dragging death of a black man

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An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man. John William King, who was white, received a lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., who was chained to the back of a truck and dragged for nearly five kilometres along a secluded road in the piney woods outside Jasper, Texas. The 49-year-old Byrd was alive for at least three kilometres before his body was ripped to pieces in the early morning hours of June 7, 1998.(CBC)

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