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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Michael John Yowell. Yowell, 43, is set to be executed Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, for the 1998 slayings of John and Carol Yowell, his parents. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Michael John Yowell. Yowell, 43, is set to be executed Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, for the 1998 slayings of John and Carol Yowell, his parents. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
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(AP) A Texas man has been put to death for killing his parents at their Lubbock home 15 years ago during a drug-influenced rampage that also left his 89-year-old grandmother dead.


The execution of 43-year-old Michael Yowell was carried out Wednesday evening in Huntsville after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal contending Texas' use of a new supply of pentobarbital as the execution drug could cause unconstitutional pain and suffering.


Texas and other states are using drugs purchased from a compounding pharmacy after traditional manufacturers have refused to make their products available to state prison agencies for use in capital punishment. Compounding pharmacies custom-make medications but are not subjected to strict federal scrutiny.


Evidence showed Yowell, an ex-convict, stole from his parents to support his drug addiction.


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