Texas prison officials have executed convicted killer Martin Robles (ROE'-bless) for gunning down two young men who belonged to a rival street gang in Corpus Christi almost nine years ago.
The 33-year-old Robles had exhausted his appeals and no late court actions to spare him were made as his Wednesday evening lethal injection neared. He was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m.
Robles became the ninth Texas prisoner put to death this year. He had a lengthy juvenile record and already had served six years for a murder committed when he was 17 when he was arrested for the double slaying in November 2002. The two 19-year-old victims were shot while they were sleeping and belonged to a drug-dealing gang that had been feuding with Robles' gang.