Texas tied its 1935 record for executions in a year on Wednesday by putting two murderers to death, a man who shot a convenience store clerk and a gang leader who ordered the beating of a teenage girl.
Dorsey Johnson-Bey, 30, became the 19th convicted killer to be executed by injection in the state this year. A little more than an hour later, Davis Losada, 32, became the 20th.
The state has four more executions scheduled this week and at least 11 slated this month.
Texas has now killed 127 men since reinstating the death penalty in 1982--far more than any other state--but the pace has accelerated this year because of new laws that have sped up the appeals process in capital punishment cases.