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Black rapper who killed studio owner executed in Texas

Published on Mar 20, 2014 8:27 AM
 
Ray Jasper in an undated handout provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Jasper was executed on Wednesday in Texas for murdering a recording studio owner whose equipment he also stole, prison authorities said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A United States (US) man was executed Wednesday in the state of Texas for murdering a recording studio owner whose equipment he also stole, prison authorities said.

Ray Jasper, 33, who had spent the past 14 years on death row, was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:31pm in Huntsville, a Texas prison spokesman said.

In his final words, Jasper thanked his supporters and urged his family to "please take care of each other". The African-American rapper was 19 when he organised, with the help of two accomplices, the November 1998 burglary at a recording studio he was working with in San Antonio.

He was sentenced to death in January 2000 for stabbing to death the owner of the studio, David Alejandro, a composer and musician who was 33.

 
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