UPDATE 1-Arizona executes man convicted of 1978 strangling


(Corrects name of execution drug to pentobarbital, notphenobarbital, in last paragraph)

By David Schwartz and Karen Brooks

PHOENIX/AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 9 (Reuters) - An Arizona deathrow inmate convicted of strangling a 74-year-old man and fleeingin the victim's new Cadillac more than three decades ago wasexecuted by lethal injection on Wednesday, the state's attorneygeneral said.

Edward Harold Schad, 71, was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m.local time at the state prison in Florence, Arizona, AttorneyGeneral Tom Horne said.

The execution comes on the same day that Texas is scheduledto put to death 43-year-old Michael Yowell, who was convicted ofkilling his parents and blowing up their house.

Schad becomes the first person executed in Arizona in 2013and Yowell would be the 14th to be executed in Texas. Overall, 28 people have been executed in the United States thisyear, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Like Arizona, Texas intends to carry out the lethalinjections using pentobarbital, a barbiturate commonly used inexecutions. The drug has become scarce as major manufacturershave refused to supply it for that purpose. (Reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix and Karen Brooks inAustin, Texas; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna Dickson)

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