"I pray this gives you some peace," Kelly said from the death chamber gurney, looking at four relatives of the slain family. "I know you believe that you're going to have closure tonight. As I stand before God today, the true judge, I had nothing to do with the death of your family."
New DNA tests requested by Wright's lawyers, which delayed Wright's execution initially scheduled for last month, "on the whole, confirmed Wright's guilt," state attorneys told the appeals courts in their arguments.
Sometimes I consider renaming this thread "The Last Lies."
Another upcoming execution story has these words from a defendant: "The State of Texas is about to put to death an innocent man who did not do the crime. I am a totally innocent man and I don't deserve to die for something that I did not do."
At the same time, ongoing DNA testing has connected him to even more killings.
Barring a last-minute appeal, 46-year-old Elkie Lee Taylor will go to the death chamber for killing Otis Flake. He would be the 15th Texas inmate executed this year and the first of six scheduled to be executed this month.
Mr. Taylor, originally from Milwaukee, had been on parole for about three months. He was freed after serving less than nine months of an eight-year sentence for burglary.
The Army has set a date for its first execution in nearly 50 years. The military said Thursday that former North Carolina soldier Ronald A. Gray is to be executed Dec. 10 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. He was convicted of multiple rapes and murders.
"I will take you to heaven with me," Hudson said from the death chamber gurney. "I will always be with you."
"Now pray with this young man down here and we'll go," he said, nodding to the chaplain who stood at his feet. Hudson then prayed the Lord's Prayer and concluded by again expressing love. "I am your's and we are one. Let's go warden," he said.
After years of legal appeals and a stay of execution, convicted killer Larry Swearingen is set to be put to death Jan. 27 for the sexual assault and strangulation of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter in December 1998.