This image provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Texas death row inmate Kosoul Chanthakoummane, who is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday, Aug.  16, 2022, in Huntsville, Texas.  Chanthakoummane a North Carolina parolee faces execution for the slaying of a suburban Dallas real estate agent more than 16 years ago.  He's condemned for fatally stabbing 40-year-old Sarah Walker in July 2006. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

This picture offered by the Texas Division of Legal Justice exhibits Texas loss of life row inmate Kosoul Chanthakoummane, who’s scheduled to obtain a deadly injection Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Huntsville, Texas. Chanthakoummane a North Carolina parolee faces execution for the slaying of a suburban Dallas actual property agent greater than 16 years in the past. He is condemned for fatally stabbing 40-year-old Sarah Walker in July 2006. (Texas Division of Legal Justice by way of AP)

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Texas on Wednesday put to loss of life a person who fatally stabbed a suburban Dallas actual property agent greater than 16 years in the past, the second execution this 12 months in what has been the nation’s busiest loss of life penalty state.

Kosoul Chanthakoummane, 41, obtained a deadly injection on the state penitentiary in Huntsville and was pronounced lifeless at 6:33 pm He was condemned for fatally stabbing 40-year-old Sarah Walker in July 2006. She was discovered stabbed greater than 30 occasions in a mannequin house in McKinney, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Dallas.

Prosecutors say Chanthakoummane entered the mannequin house after which beat Walker with a wood plant stand and stabbed her earlier than stealing her Rolex watch and a silver ring, which had been by no means discovered. DNA proof confirmed Chanthakoummane’s blood was present in numerous locations contained in the mannequin house, together with underneath Walker’s fingernails.

Walker had been a top-seller for house builder DR Horton. She had two youngsters.

Chanthakoummane had acknowledged he was within the mannequin house however stated he solely went inside to get a drink of water. He had been on parole in Texas after serving time in North Carolina for aggravated kidnapping and theft.

“I’m harmless,” Chanthakoummane had stated in a letter filed within the federal court docket in March.

The Texas Court docket of Legal Appeals declined to delay Chanthakoummane’s execution after his attorneys had challenged the DNA proof used to convict him. The proof had been described by the appeals court docket because the “linchpin of the state’s case.” Eric Allen, one among his attorneys, stated earlier Wednesday he would not file a closing enchantment with the US Supreme Court docket.

His attorneys had argued new science raised the likelihood Chanthakoummane’s DNA may have been transferred to Walker’s fingernails with none direct contact between the 2.

However authorities stated prior DNA testing in his case had did not clear Chanthakoummane.

“Any perception by Chanthakoummane that additional DNA investigation would yield outcomes that will likely be useful to his case is a fantasy,” attorneys with the Texas Lawyer Normal’s Workplace wrote in court docket paperwork final month.

On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had declined to grant Chanthakoummane both a 120-day reprieve or a commutation of his loss of life sentence to a lesser penalty.

Chanthakoummane’s attorneys stated their issues concerning the DNA proof was a part of a sample by prosecutors in utilizing defective proof within the case.

At Chanthakoummane’s trial, a forensic dentist testified the loss of life row inmate was the supply of a chew mark on Walker’s neck. Such bitemark proof has since been discredited and in 2016, Texas grew to become the primary state to name for banning chew mark evaluation in prison instances.

The 2 witnesses who stated they noticed Chanthakoummane close to the homicide scene had been hypnotized by officers with the Texas Division of Public Security, or DPS, to assist determine him.

A 2020 report by the Dallas Morning Information discovered most Texas judges nonetheless enable proof derived from hypnosis regardless of criticism it will probably distort recollections and result in wrongful convictions. In January 2021, DPS stopped utilizing hypnosis. Final 12 months, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a invoice that might have banned individuals who have been hypnotized from testing in a prison trial.

In October 2020, the Texas Court docket of Legal Appeals discovered that whereas the bitemark testimony would now not be admissible in court docket, Chanthakoummane’s attorneys had did not discredit the hypnosis-related testimony.

The appeals court docket additionally discovered the DNA proof was nonetheless sturdy.

At his trial, Chanthakoummane’s lawyer, Keith Gore, instructed jurors his consumer was responsible “and he wished to rob (Walker), and it did not go the best manner, and he killed her.”

Walker’s father, Joseph Walker, who died final 12 months, had opposed Chanthakoummane’s execution and had instructed the Instances Union in New York in 2013 he had forgiven his daughter’s killer.

Chanthakoummane was the ninth inmate put to loss of life this 12 months within the US

Whereas Texas has been the nation’s busiest capital punishment state, the usage of the loss of life penalty within the state has reached close to historic lows. Juries have continued to subject fewer loss of life sentences and within the final couple of years most executions have been delayed by the pandemic or by authorized questions over what religious advisers can do within the loss of life chamber.

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Lozano reported from Houston.

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