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Man executed for ETX abduction and slaying

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KLTV) - A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Richard Cobb received lethal injection Thursday evening for using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m.

The punishment was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal.

In his last statement, Cobb said:

"Life is death, death is life.  I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to and an end.  Life is too short; I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that. Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That's it."

Cobb's lawyers contended a prison expert gave false testimony at Cobb's trial in 2004 that tainted his punishment. State attorneys argued the testimony was accurate and the appeal was a meritless attempt to delay the execution.

It's the fourth execution this year in Texas. Cobb's partner, Beunka Adams, was put to death a year ago.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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