Despite rare appeal video, Texas to carry out first execution of 2021

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Washington (AFP) – The US state of Texas plans to execute a convicted murderer Wednesday, despite his unusual efforts to earn clemency through a video message to the governor. In the four-minute video, recorded in the prison visiting room and posted online by The New York Times, Quintin Jones speaks directly to Governor Greg Abbott, asking the Republican leader to commute his death sentence to life in prison. “I killed someone 20 years ago,” said Jones, 41. In 1999, he beat his great-aunt, 83, to death with a baseball bat and then stole $30 from her to buy drugs. But “I am nothing like that pe…

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