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Execution in Texas Today: Michael Graczyk of the Associated Press reports Keith Thurmond is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Texas tonight for the 2001 shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend. Evidence showed Thurmond had shot his wife seven times. Her boyfriend was shot in the head twice, and was also beaten in the head with the gun. At the trial, Thurmond's son with his wife, who was 8-years-old at the time of the murders, testified that he saw his father shoot his mother repeatedly in the yard behind her boyfriend's mobile home. Thurmond's execution will be the third in Texas this year.

Norwegian Mass Killer Indicted: Bjoern H. Amland of the Associated Press reports Anders Behring Breivik was indicted on Wednesday on murder and terror charges for the slaying of 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage in Norway on July 22, 2011. Prosecutors will seek a sentence of involuntary commitment to psychiatric care instead of imprisonment unless new information about his mental health is presented. The trial is set to start in April.

Colorado Serial Killer Linked to 4 More Murders: Kirk Mitchell of The Denver Post reports DNA and circumstantial evidence have linked a now-deceased Colorado serial killer to four unsolved murders from 1979 to 1988. Vincent Groves died in prison in 1996 while serving a life sentence for killing a 19-year-old woman and a 20 year sentence for the second-degree murder of a 25-year-old woman. He had previously been convicted of second-degree murder in 1982 for the death of a 17-year-old girl, but was released on mandatory parole in 1987. After Denver police obtained Groves' DNA from an earlier murder, crime analysts linked Groves to the murders of a 25-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman, and a 20-year-old woman, who were all strangled in 1979. A cold-case detective said strong circumstantial evidence also linked Groves to the 1988 murder of a 25-year-old woman. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey says Groves may have committed as many as 20 murders altogether.

Execution in Pennsylvania Postponed: Kristy Westbrook of the Morning Times (PA) reports the execution of
Dustin Ford Briggs, 34, scheduled for tomorrow in Pennsylvania has been postponed. Briggs was sentenced to death in 2004 for killing two county sheriff's deputies. The execution was stayed by a federal court pending disposition of Briggs' anticipated petition for writ of habeas corpus or until further order from the court. The last execution in Pennsylvania was in 1999. 

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