Baby murderer and rapist dubbed ‘ice pick killer’ executed despite late plea

A man dubbed the "ice pick killer" has been executed in Texas despite a last-minute plea from his lawyers that his veins were too compromised for a lethal injection.

Serial killer Danny Bible earned his nickname from the weapon he used to murder a young woman in 1979.

The 66-year-old was put to death at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville after the US Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal.

His execution was the 12th this year in the US and the seventh in Texas, which has executed more inmates than any state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

Bible made no last statement, a prisons official said. His execution occurred in a typical time frame for a lethal injection procedure.

Bible was convicted of the rape and murder of Inez Deaton, 20, who went to his home to use his phone and was stabbed 11 times with an ice pick.

Her body was dumped near a Houston bayou.

The crime went unsolved for nearly 20 years, until Bible confessed to the murder and other sexual assaults that included raping an 11-year-old girl in Montana.

He had gone on a rape and murder spree that included the 1983 killing of his sister-in-law, her infant son and her roommate, court records show.

After a plea deal for a 25-year sentence in those killings, Bible served eight years and was paroled. After his early release under a program that Texas has since abandoned, he raped a woman in Louisiana and was apprehended in Florida. Soon afterward, he admitted to the ice pick murder.

"Bible has killed at least four people, including an infant," Texas said in a court filing. "Unlike many offenders, he remained violent as he aged, committing his most recent rape in his late forties."

Bible’s lawyers said there was undeniable evidence his recent medical deterioration has rendered his veins inaccessible or incapable of sustaining a lethal injection.

Over the years, Bible contracted coronary disease, diabetes and hypertension, they said.

Two executions of inmates with compromised veins have been botched recently, one in Ohio and another in Alabama. Their lawyers warned courts the men were too frail and their veins were not suitable.

In both cases, the states were unable to place intravenous lines and called off their executions while the inmates were on death chamber gurneys.

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