Ex-con from NY executed for soldier's slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A New York parolee has been executed for robbing, raping and fatally shooting an Army medic at her apartment near Fort Hood.

Denard Manns said, from the death chamber gurney, quote: "From Allah he came and from Allah he shall return."

Manns was condemned for the 1998 slaying of 26-year-old Michelle Robson.

He was the 17th convicted killer executed this year in Texas.

-- Manns criticized by name his trial attorneys for what he said was an unfair trial, criticized an appeals lawyer for "purposely bringing up claims that did not exist," and thanked another lawyer for taking on his appeal after he was supposed to be off the case.

Manns expressed love to friends and then said, "I'm ready for the transition."

He uttered what appeared to be a brief prayer three times, then he died.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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