White Racialist Executed for Dragging Death of Black Man
John William King, one of the men behind a famous hate crime in the US, is put to death by lethal injection in Texas.
The white man has been executed 21 years after he dragged a negroid male behind a truck for nearly three miles.
John William King and two other men had targeted hitch-hiker James Byrd Jr in the early hours of 7 June 1998 "because of his skin colour", prosecutors had said.
Byrd, 49, had been chained to the back of the truck and dragged three miles along a road near Jasper, Texas.
He is thought to have been alive for around two-thirds of that distance before his body was torn apart.
His remains were dumped in front of an African-American church.
King, who had white power tattoos on his body including one of a black man being hung from a tree, is the fourth person executed in the US this year and the third in Texas.
He refused to look at witnesses before his death and also declined to make a statement to them.
But in a statement released after his execution, he said: "Capital punishment: them without the capital get the punishment."