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A Texas inmate who claimed he had a mental disability, in an attempt to prevent the execution, was given a lethal injection on Wednesday, 12 years after admitting to fatally stabbing his wife, two stepsons, and raping his two stepdaughters.
Robert Sparks, 45, has told investigators that he killed his wife and 9 – and 10-year-old stepsons, and raped his 12 – and 14-year-old stepdaughters, as his family had been poisoning him, and a voice told him to kill his family. He asked if he could be tested for the toxin, and two girls, undergo the polygraph test.
In this undated photo from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Robert Sparks. Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
Sparks was given a lethal injection at the prison in Huntsville, Texas. It was the 16th inmate put to death this year in the united states. and the seventh in dallas, Texas. Seven more are scheduled for execution this year in Texas, the country’s busiest death penalty state.
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“I’m sorry for the difficult times ahead. And what hurts me most is that I’m in pain, y’all … not even y’all, too,” Sparks told the family members, who watched by the death-room the windows.
“I love you, all of you. … I can feel it,” he said. He was pronounced dead 23 minutes later.
Prosecutors said Sparks, is first put in his wife, the then-30-year-old’t chare Agnew, 18 times as she lay in her bed. He then went to the bedroom, his stepsons, Harold Sublet Jr. and Raekwon Agnew, and took them into the kitchen, and she’s put into it. Raekwon, had been stabbed no less than 45 times.
He was going through with the rape of his stepdaughters.
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Sparks’ lawyers fought to the end to make him exempt from the death penalty, on the basis of a mental disability. As a psychologist, was hired by the Sparks’ lawyers said last month in a declaration that he meets the criteria for a diagnosis of intellectual disability. The Supreme court in 2002 barred execution of mentally disabled people, but the states have their own discretion regarding the determination of a learning disability.
His lawyers said that at the time of the test, the Other was not considered to be intellectually disabled, but updates to the handbook for use by healthcare professionals in the diagnosis of mental disorders, it would have to be changed.
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The Supreme court of the u.s. denied the request of Sparks’ attorneys, in order to stop the execution, claiming that the jury was improperly influenced, because the officer had worn a tie with a needle on the display, he supports the death penalty.
The attorney general’s office said the jury foreperson said that they had never noticed the tie, and did not believe it influenced the jury members.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.