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Texas executes man, 37, for 1999 shooting death of Houston police officer

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This photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Jeffrey Williams. When Houston police arrested Williams for gunning down a plainclothes officer working an auto theft assignment, the slain officer’s handcuffs dangled from one of Williams’ wrists. Williams, 37, is scheduled for lethal injection Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice) (The Associated Press)

A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of killing a police officer 14 years ago has been put to death.

Jeffrey Demond Williams' execution Wednesday evening came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal from his attorneys. Lawyers contended Williams had been failed by previous attorneys at his trial and in early stages of his appeals.

He's the sixth Texas inmate executed this year.

Williams was convicted of fatally shooting 39-year-old Houston officer Troy Blando while Blando was handcuffing him.

Blando was watching a motel where car thefts were suspected when he saw Williams drive up in a Lexus that was reported stolen.

Williams was captured about a block away. Blando's cuffs were hanging from one of his wrists.

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