First but not last

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