Drug trafficker executed in US

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Murderer and drug kingpin Juan Raul Garza was executed on Tuesday morning, eight days after Timothy McVeigh became the first federal inmate put to death since 1963.

Garza died by chemical injection, strapped to the same stretcher where McVeigh was executed last week.

The scene in Terre Haute, Indiana, was in stark contrast to the buzz of media activity that met McVeigh's final days. Dan Dunne, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman, said only about 75 reporters had registered for credentials to cover Garza's death. More than 1,000 reporters had credentials for the McVeigh execution.

Garza was the first person to be executed under that Garza's death sentence would violate two international treaties.

Following the two Supreme Court rulings, Bush turned down a clemency request by Garza, who was convicted in Bush's home state of Texas in 1993.

Garza's attorney, Audrey Anderson, said she was "outraged" by the governments refusal to delay the execution.

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