U.S.-Brit Citizen Texecuted

The British-American citizen fighting Texas execution lost tonight, and was put to death by lethal injection.

"Asked by the warden if he had anything to say, John Elliott mouthed "No sir" and nodded his head. He then closed his eyes. As the drugs began to take effect, he had a slight snort, cough and gasp before slipping into unconsciousness. As the lethal drugs continued to flow into his arms, witnesses, including his son and a sister, prayed aloud.

He was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m. CST, seven minutes after the drugs started flowing."

Elliott denied his guilt. His lawyers sought a stay to conduct DNA tests (which hadn't been done at trial) but the courts refused.

"Elliott was born in 1960 in England, where his father was stationed at a U.S. air base, giving him dual citizenship. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw asked Gov. Rick Perry to grant clemency for Elliott and more than 100 ministers of Parliament signed a House of Commons motion demanding clemency."

Elliott is the third British citizen executed in the U.S. The other two were put to death in Georgia. Our prior coverage of the case is here .

For UK coverage, start here and work backwards.

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