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Texas executes serial killer of 70

Tommy Sells...claimed he murdered 70 people.
Tommy Sells...claimed he murdered 70 people.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Texas recently executed the man who reportedly left a trail of blood across America as he killed 70 people, according to a recent article by CBS News. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was actually executed for the savage stabbing death of 13-year old Kaylene Harris in Del Rio, Texas on New Year's Eve in 1999.

His attorneys tried to delay his execution Thursday as they attempted to find out which pharmacy provided the new supply of pentobarbitol for the execution. The pharmacy wished to remain anomymous because of possible violence it might suffer. Attorneys claimed they needed to know the exact contents of the drug to determine whether or not it was cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution.

Terry Harris, mother of Kaylene, retorted that the serial killer's punishment was "way more gentle than what he gave out" to her daughter.

The victim's father said, "Basically, the dude just took a nap."

Sells was tied to 20 murders, although he claimed credit for 70 across the landscape of America. He confessed to the murder of Kaylene Harris.

Kaylene was stabbed nearly two dozen times and her throat was slashed by the remorseless killer who had no comments prior to being administered the drug Thursday evening around 6 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas. He died about 6:13 p.m.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out the ruling of a lower court judge requiring the state to disclose to defense attorneys the name of the supplier of its latest execution drug. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is the court that ruled it was all right for the Lone Star State to proceed with its execution.

Defense attorneys argued their client "might suffer unconstitutional pain and suffering" if the execution was allowed to go forward.

The victim's mother said there was nothing constitutional about the pain her daughter experienced.

A previous supplier of lethal injection drugs received death threats once an injunction lapsed and refused to provide any further drugs to the state because of that.

Sells told ABC News in 2010, "I am hatred. When you look at me you look at hate."

Born in St. Louis he revealed he'd been addicted to killing since age 14. He said, "Two words I don't like are 'love' and 'I'm sorry."'

As arguments grow against the death penalty across the nation, Sells may be the poster boy for supporters of the death penalty in at least certain situations.

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