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March 29, 2014

Texas man executed for slaying woman

JACKSONVILLE — A Dallas-area man was executed Thursday for the robbery and slaying of a woman who was attacked while delivering food to his parents' home in 2003.

Anthony Doyle, 29, was given a lethal injection for the death of Hyun Mi Cho, who was beaten with a baseball bat, then robbed of her car, cellphone and credit cards, according to the Associated Press.

Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel was chief of police at the Rowlett Police Department when the slaying occurred.

On Friday morning, he recalled the case, saying he was glad to see Doyle put to death.

“I was very gratified to see him put to death for such a senseless and heartless crime,” Daniel said. “I feel that Hell received another evil soul yesterday.”

 Daniel said Doyle beat the  woman to death in his own home with a baseball bat, robbed her and then stuffed her in a large trash can and dragged it across the alley to trade cans with a neighbor. The neighbor subsequently discovered the body.

“Then (Doyle) and his friends ate the donuts and breakfast burritos, and tried to clean up the blood before stealing her car." "But we could see the drag marks from the trash can (from location to location,)" Daniel said.

Doyle submitted a 10-page handwritten confession to the crime, he said.

On Thursday night, Doyle shook his head and said nothing inside the death chamber in Huntsville when a warden asked if he had a statement to make. The prisoner's eyes closed as the sedative pentobarbital was injected. He took a few breaths, then began to snore quietly. Soon, he stopped moving.

He was pronounced dead 25 minutes later, at 6:49 p.m.  Doyle became the fourth Texas inmate executed this year

No one from Cho's family attended the execution, but two witnesses picked by Doyle – a friend and a spiritual adviser – watched as he was put to death. About two hours before Doyle was put to death, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to block his execution.

Doyle's attorney had called for his execution to be delayed. The lawyer said Doyle deserved a new punishment hearing because jurors at his 2004 capital murder trial were given unknowingly false evidence about his inability to be rehabilitated while he was confined at a juvenile detention facility for his delinquent behavior years before Cho's slaying.

“They tried twice to get an appeal. Yes, he was in juvenile detention, and then he killed a 4-foot, 9-inch woman,” Daniel said. “The case was so solid, and it was such a horrific crime.”

Cho, from South Korea, had been in the U.S. about two years when she was killed. Her sister has said Cho was earning money to care for her ill parents.

Doyle was arrested at a friend's home in Dallas. He later told investigators he was under pressure from his girlfriend and others to support his 3-week-old daughter and couldn't get a job.

“We don't have to worry about him anymore,” Daniel said.

Rowlett is a suburb just east of Dallas. Daniel served as the Rowlett police chief from 1999 to 2005.

He has been with the Jacksonville Police Department since August 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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