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Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' set to be 1st US execution in 2018

Anthony Allen Shore, 55, is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday, after his initial execution was delayed in October. Shore is known in Houston as the 'Tourniquet Killer' because of the technique used in his murders. (File photos)

Anthony Allen Shore, 55, is scheduled for lethal injection Thursday, after his initial execution was delayed in October. Shore is known in Houston as the 'Tourniquet Killer' because of the technique used in his murders.

Shore's execution will be the first of 2018, since three other death row inmates had their executions rescheduled or stayed earlier this month.

Shore is convicted of strangling Maria del Carmen Estrada in 1992, and leaving her body at the drive-thru of a Dairy Queen in Houston. He has also confessed to killing a 9-year-old and two teenagers.

Texas' execution rate has been on the decline in recent years, according to data from the Death Penalty Information Center. Although Texas executed more people than any other state last year, the number is far less than it was in the last 10 years.

In 2017, Texas executed seven people, whereas in 2007, 26 people had their death sentences carried out.



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