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01/31/07 - Huntsville, Texas

Texas Executes Man For Killing 2

A man was executed Tuesday for killing his pregnant wife and mother-in-law four years ago.

Christopher Swift, who spurned appeals that could stop or delay his execution, made no final statement.

"Receiving the death penalty is what he's wanted from Day 1, from the first day I met him," said Derek Adame, one of Swift's trial lawyers.

Swift was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m., seven minutes after the dose of drugs began, in front of five friends. No relatives of survivors attended the execution.

Evidence showed Swift's 5-year-old son watched as the former laborer and parolee stabbed and strangled his 27-year-old wife, Amy Sabeh-Swift, in the family recreational vehicle in Irving. She was eight months pregnant. He then took the boy to Lake Dallas and strangled his wife's mother, Sandra Stevens Sabeh, 61, at her home.

The boy was found the next day, April 30, 2003, wandering the lobby of a hotel in Irving where his father had rented a room. Swift had left after the child fell asleep. Hotel staffers fed the boy breakfast and let him watch cartoons in the lobby but called police after no one claimed him and he grew frightened.

When police arrived, the child told them his father had killed his mother and grandmother. Officers found their bodies, and Swift was arrested within hours.

Defense lawyers tried to show Swift should be found innocent by reason of insanity. Prosecutors presented witnesses who said Swift knew what he was doing and was not insane.

"He never denied doing the killings," prosecutor Lee Ann Breading said.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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