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Texas Executes Confessed Murderer of Five:  Elroy Chester, a confessed murderer of five, was executed yesterday after spending 14 years on Texas' Death Row.  The Associated Press reports that Chester was put to death by lethal injection after failed attempts for appeal to the Supreme Court based on his claim of mental retardation.  Willie Ryman, a decorated Port Arthur firefighter, was killed in February 1998 when he interrupted Chester as he sexually assaulted Ryman's two teenage nieces during a break-in at their home. Chester was the 499th murderer Texas has put to death since the United States reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Florida Suspect Admits to Over 30 Murders: The Marion County Sheriff's Office has solved a double homicide case from 2006, and the suspect in custody is now claiming to be responsible for 30 more murders throughout the country.  Anne Claire Stapleton of CNN reports that DNA evidence from the victims' truck linked 50 year-old Jose Manuel Martinez to the double-homicide.  Martinez claims to have killed over 30 people from around the country in an effort to collect debts for the Mexican drug cartel. 

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