Killers gave feds more weapons to fight hate crimes

John William King sought to terrorize blacks in east Texas by murdering James Byrd Jr., but his vicious crime instead (eventually) provided federal law enforcement with additional tools to punish perpetrators of hate crimes.

John William King put to death in Texas

A man who helped carry out the dragging death of James Byrd Jr. -- one of the most horrific hate crimes in modern American history -- was executed by injection on Wednesday evening in a Texas prison.

Texas executes 'Tourniquet Killer'

Texas on Thursday executed a man who admitted to killing three girls and a woman in the 1980s and 90s, the state's Department of Criminal Justice said.

Georgia executes man in 1992 murder

Georgia has carried out its first execution of 2017 with the lethal injection of 45-year-old J.W. Ledford Jr., who was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson.