Condemned Texas killer executed by injection

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A convicted murderer was killed by injection Tuesday for abducting and fatally stabbing a woman and then setting her body on fire.

Richard Wayne Jones, 40, acknowledged burning Tammy Livingston, 27, but said he wasn't responsible for the 17 stab wounds that killed her.

''I want the victim's family to know I didn't commit this crime,'' Jones said while strapped to the death chamber gurney.

He criticized prosecutors for convicting an innocent man, saying, ''I hope you can live with it.''

Jones, who had a past that included theft, burglary and robbery convictions and a parole violation that returned him to prison, was on parole for about 4 months when he was arrested for killing Livingston on Feb. 19, 1986.

Firefighters responding to a call about a grass fire discovered her remains.

Jones blamed the murder on his sister and her boyfriend who were looking for money and drugs and said she came to him asking that he help get rid of the body.

Jones was the 30th Texas prisoner put to death this year.


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