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Man Who Killed Ex-Wife And Her Sex Partners Is Executed

| by Zara Zhi
Coy Wesbrook Being Interviewed By CBS 60 MinutesCoy Wesbrook Being Interviewed By CBS 60 Minutes

A man sentenced for murdering five people, including his ex-wife, in a 1997 shooting rampage near Houston has been put to death.

Coy Wesbrook, 58, murdered his ex-wife Gloria Jean Coons, 32; her roommate Diana Ruth Money, 43; Antonio Cruz, 35; Anthony Ray Rogers, 41; and Kelly Hazlip, 28, reports KHOU.

Wesbrook was a former security guard and delivery driver. He married Coons in 1995 and they divorced the following year but still saw each other. 

At his 1998 trial he testified that Coons humiliated him by having sex with two men at a party that they were at. When he tried to leave, Cruz grabbed the keys to his truck and joined others in taunting him. Wesbrook “lost it,” walked out, grabbed a rifle he kept in the truck and returned, fatally shooting each person once, including Coons.  

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Before the lethal injection -- which was delayed about 90 minutes, Wesbrook expressed regret to some of his victims’ relatives who were present during the execution.

"I want to say that I'm sorry for the pain that I have caused you people," he said. "I'm sorry I can't bring everybody back. I wish things could have been a lot different."

"I pray that the Lord take care of me and all of you," he said of his daughter and supporters.

As the lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital took effect, Wesbrook took two deep breaths, then started snoring. Moments later, he was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m. CST on March 9, reports The Associated Press.

Wesbrook’s lethal injection was the eighth instance of capital punishment in the country and fourth in Texas this year. Two inmates from Georgia have been executed, plus one each in Alabama and Florida since the beginning of 2016. Texas carries out the most executions in the nation, according to AP.

More than 10 other Texas inmates are scheduled to be executed in the coming months, including two later in March.

Sources: AP via AL.com, KHOU / Photo credit: CBS via KHOU

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