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A man convicted of raping and strangling a woman in 2001 was executed Tuesday in Texas, becoming the state’s first inmate put to death using a new three-drug cocktail.

The three-drug chemical cocktail in his lethal injection used the sedative pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental. Texas recently switched from sodium thiopental, a drug it used since 1982, because it is no longer available.

Pentobarbital already had been used for recent executions in Oklahoma and Ohio and survived legal challenges there.

Source: The Associated Press

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