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The US state of Texas executed a man for stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother, state prison authorities said. Jose Villegas, 38, was put to death by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:04 pm local time (0004 GMT) in Huntsville, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It was the 17th US execution this year and the seventh in Texas, where an execution has occurred each week over the past five weeks. Authorities in Texas have executed 515 individuals since the death penalty was reestablished in the United States in 1976.