Friday, September 30, 2011

Edward Ellis #749; March 3, 1992

I just want everyone to know that the prosecutor and Bill Scott are sorry sons of bitches.
To his family he added that he loved them all.

Additional information can be found in this Houston Chronicle article

Thursday, September 29, 2011

David Clark #874; February 28, 1992

None. But as he lay there he did praise the Lord and seemed to be praying.

Additional information available here

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Johnny Garrett #729; February 11, 1992

I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my everloving ass, because I'm innocent.

Additional information about this case and the controversy surrounding it, can be found here and here, and a case summary can be found on Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lawrence Russell Brewer #999327; September 21, 2011

No, I have no final statement.

For those who don't remember the horrific murder of James Byrd, information on the crime can be found summarized in its Wikipedia page. Brewer, the day before his execution, told a local TV station, "“As far as any regrets, no, I have no regrets,” Brewer says. “No, I’d do it all over again, to tell you the truth.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

James Russell #579; September 19, 1991

His final statement lasted 3 minutes. He thanked everybody that fought against his sentence. He spoke to his family and said he would carry their love with him.

Additional Information available in this Houston Chronicle article

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jerry Bird #512; June 17, 1991

I don’t think so. That’s all. Go ahead. Start things rolling. (Mouthed "Hi, Mom" to his mother.)

No official documents from the Texas DoCJ, but information about Bird's crime and execution can be found in this Houston Chronicle article. In addition, if you haven't already done so, please check out the the Crime and Capital Punishment Forum, as they collate additional interesting information, including inmates' last meals.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Steven Woods, #999427; September 13 , 2011

You're not about to witness an execution, you are about to witness a murder. I am strapped down for something Marcus Rhodes did. I never killed nobody, never. I love you, Mom. I love you, Tali. This is wrong. This whole thing is wrong. I can't believe you are going to let Marcus Rhodes walk around free. Justice has let me down. Somebody completely screwed this up. I love you too, Mom. Well Warden, if you are going to murder someone, go ahead and do it. Pull the trigger. It's coming. I can feel it coming. Goodbye.

Lawrence Lee Buxton #743; February 26, 1991

I’m ready, Warden

Additional information available here

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mikel James Derrick #701; July 18, 1990

I just ask everybody I ever hurt or done anything wrong to, to just forgive me for whatever wrongs I done to them.

More information available here

Monday, September 12, 2011

James Smith #763; June 26, 1990

He repeated his assertion he had not killed Rohus. "I myself did not kill anyone, but I go to my death without begging for my life. I will not humiliate myself. I will let no man break me.' When the general populace wakes up to the realities of executions," he said, "they will realize that the price to pay is a dear one.' Then he smiled, winked and said, "Hare Krishna.' Smith labeled death penalty foes as "vultures waiting until the last minute to peck around the body" and said they had wasted his time by getting his execution stayed in 1988.

A wealth of information is also available on the CNCP website. And in this NYT article, we find that Smith requested dirt for his final meal, for the performance of a voodoo ritual. He settled for yogurt.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Johnny Anderson #732; May 17, 1990

I would like to point out that I have written a statement and the Warden will give you a copy. I still proclaim I am innocent, and that’s all I have to say.

Additional information, regarding Anderson's appeals based on his mental retardation, can be found in this Houston Chronicle article It also includes a quote from Anderson's written statement. The entire statement is published in this book.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Carlos DeLuna #744; December 7, 1989

I want to say I hold no grudges. I hate no one. I love my family. Tell everyone on death row to keep the faith and don’t give up. Everything will be all right.

Offender Information

For additional information, please see this Associated Press article.

UPDATE: According to a recently released, and much discussed, study performed by scholars at Columbia Law School, DeLuna may have been the victim of mistaken identity, in which case the state of Texas executed an innocent man. Please see "Los Tocayos Carlos"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

James Emery Paster #752; September 20, 1989

I hope Mrs. Howard can find peace in this.

For additional information about Paster's brutal life, see this Houston Chronicle article, which seems to misquote his last statement as "I hope Mrs. Howard can find pleasure in this." It is unclear to whom he may be referring, the victim's ex-wife or mother, as the ex-wife had hired Paster for the murder.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Stephen McCoy #769; May 24, 1989

This offender declined to make a last statement.

Additional information about McCoy's crime and execution can be found here. In addition, I'd like to introduce readers to another resource with a wealth of information that has been helpful to me in researching executed offenders from decades ago, the Crime and Capital Punishment Forum. Information compiled by the CCPF about executed inmates can be found here.