HOUSTON (AP) — Death row in Texas is getting its first inmate in 2015, ending a 10-month hiatus in death sentences imposed by juries in the nation's most active capital punishment state.
A Brazos County jury decided after seven hours of deliberation Wednesday that 22-year-old Gabriel Hall should be put to death for an attack that left a 68-year-old man dead and his wife injured at the couple's home in College Station.
It is the first death sentence imposed in Texas since last December.
Jurors rejected the option of sending Hall to prison for life with no chance of parole — the outcome in three other Texas capital cases this year where the death penalty was a possibility.
Brazos County is about 100 miles northwest of Houston.
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