The first US execution of 2017 happened on 11 January.
Christopher Wilkins, 48, was executed by lethal injection at the Texas state penitentiary at Huntsville.
Wilkins was convicted of a double murder in 2005. During his trial he admitted to killing a man in a dispute over a pay phone, and driving a stolen car into two people on a sidewalk, because he thought one had stolen his sunglasses.
During his trial in 2008 he said that the death penalty would be “no big deal.”
Picture source: Ken Piorkowski via Wikimedia