Hearn was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. local time. When asked if he had a final statement, he said “I’d like to tell my family, I love you and I wish you all well. I’m ready.”
Tonight at 6 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas, 33-year-old Yokamon Hearn will head to the death chamber. He will be the first inmate in Texas to be executed with a single dose of pentobarbital, instead of the usual 3-drug cocktail used in lethal injections.
Hearn was sentenced to death for the 1998 shooting of stockbroker Frank Meziere in a carjacking at a Dallas car wash. A few hours ago, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeals.
Hearn’s attorneys have argued that he is mentally disabled, thereby disqualifying him from execution. According to news reports, they also argue that he had incompetent legal help early in his case and that “conflicting court opinions hampered filing of late appeals.” There are many more details about Hearn’s case here.