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Texas prepares to execute 500th inmate by lethal injection

Far more than in rest of country, but pace may slow

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.

‘‘I remember thinking: We’re really going to do this. This is really going to happen,’’ said Willett, who was a captain for the Texas Department of Corrections.

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