A 44-year-old man was executed by injection early Wednesday for murdering a man nearly 11 years ago by smashing his head repeatedly with a shotgun butt during a robbery that netted $11.50.

Leon King, showed little emotion as he received lethal injection for the death of 26-year-old Michael Clayton Underwood, whose girlfriend was repeatedly raped and sodomized during the April 1978 attack, according to court records.He was declared dead at 12:27 a.m., 10 minutes after the injection began. "It's about time," said Doug Shaver, who prosecuted King's case and is now a judge in Houston.

"If anyone deserves the death penalty, it's him," said Shaver, adding that King had never expressed remorse for the killing.