A man who twice avoided the executioner's needle by winning last-minute reprieves was put to death Friday for killing a banker's wife during a botched extortion attempt.

Lesley Lee Gosch, 42, a former Eagle Scout, was awaiting sentencing for manufacturing illegal gun silencers when testimony showed he killed Rebecca Jo Patton at her suburban San Antonio home.He had no final statement and made no eye contact with any of the witnesses.