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Tommy Sells Executed in Texas

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A serial killer, suspected in as many as 20 deaths around the Midwest, has been put to death in Texas.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A serial killer, suspected in as many as 20 deaths around the Midwest, has been put to death in Texas.

Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was convicted of the murder of 13-year old Kaylene Harris in 1999.  He is also indicted by a Greene County grand jury for the 1997 abduction and murder of 13-year old Stephanie Mahaney of Springfield.

Defense attorneys tried to halt the execution by questioning the state's source of the drugs used in lethal injection, including the powerful sedative pentobarbital. 
Sells' execution was delayed for several hours, after a U.S. District judge granted a temporary stay.  A U.S. Appeals court overturned the stay a few hours.

Sells was pronounced dead at 6:27 pm, about 13 minutes after the drug was administered, reports CBS affiliate KTVT in Dallas.

He was found guilty in 2000 for the stabbing death of Kaylene Harris and an attack on Harris' friend, Krystal Surles.  Surles survived the attack and helped identify the killer.
Both were attacked as they slept in the Harris home in Del Rio, Texas.

The circumstances were similar in the disappearance of Stephanie Mahaney, who was abducted from her bed in Springfield.  Her body was found about a month later in a farm pond in rural Greene County.


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