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Wednesday evening execution with local ties

SULPHUR SPRINGS  - A former Sulphur Springs man involved in one of the most heinous killings in modern Texas history goes to the Texas death chamber tonight.

Lawrence Russell Brewer was one of three men convicted in Jasper of dragging a black man behind a pickup to his death along a rural bumpy road.

Two other men were convicted of killing James Byrd, Jr. One is currently on death row and the other received life in prison.

It is unclear if Brewer's life could be spared. Two men have won last minute stays of the last two weeks in Texas.