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‘I’m going home to be with Jesus’: Last words of killer who raped and murdered 15-year-old as he becomes the first US execution since botched lethal injection

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‘I’m going home to be with Jesus’: Last words of killer who raped and murdered 15-year-old as he becomes the first US execution since botched lethal injection

  •     Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons the first execution since April
  •     His execution was followed by that of double murderer John Winfield
  •     John Ruthell Henry to be the third despite claims he is mentally ill
  •     All executions were stopped for seven weeks after Oklahoma bungled the execution of Clayton Lockett

A Georgia inmate who raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl in 1989 became the first person on death row to be executed since the botched lethal injection of Oklahoma killer Clayton Lockett in late April.
Marcus Wellons, 59, received a lethal injection late Tuesday in Jackson, Georgia, after last-minute appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court were denied. A prison guard fainting shortly before he was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m, more than an hour after the procedure began.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which witnessed the execution, said Mr Wellons apologized for the 1989 rape and murder of his 15-year-old neighbor India Roberts in suburban Atlanta.

Wellons reportedly apologized to the family of his victim and said: ‘I ask and hope that you will find peace with my death’. His final words were: ‘I’m going home to be with Jesus.’

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday denied clemency to Wellons, leaving his fate in the hands of the courts.

Only five minutes after Wellons was pronounced dead, Missouri authorities commenced the lethal injection of John E. Winfield at 12.01am. He was pronounced dead at 12.10am.

Winfield, 46, was put to death for shooting three St. Louis County women in the head in 1996, killing two.

According to the Death Penalty Info Twitter feed, Winfield took four or five deep breaths as the drug was injected, puffed his cheeks twice, and then fell silent.

The U.S. Supreme Court had also refused late Tuesday to halt his execution, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon denied clemency.

Wellons was served Shepherd’s Pie, mashed potatoes and red beans as a final meal although it was unclear if he ate it, according to Death Penalty Info. The same feed also said that Winfield declined to have a final meal.

The executions were the first since the botched April 29 in Oklahoma raised new concerns about lethal injection.

Another convicted killer, John Ruthell Henry, is scheduled to die later Wednesday in Florida.

All the states planning executions — Florida, Georgia and Missouri — refuse to say where they get their drugs, or if they are tested.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2659852/3-inmates-set-die-previous-execution-botched.html#ixzz34z02heDx

 

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