An Arkansas death row inmate used his final words to express how deeply he regretted what he did before the victim’s daughter who heard it all and stayed to watch his execution.
According to reports by CNN, Kenneth Williams, 38, was serving a life sentence for the 1998 murder of Dominique Hurd. He managed to escape from prison and kill Cecil Boren but was once again caught and his charges were upgraded to capital murder.
On April 27, Williams was executed by lethal injection. The victims daughter, Jodie Efird, said that while the sentence did not bring closure, it did help a little. She said this about Williams:
“Every time we drive down this road, he’s not here anymore.”
Before his execution, Williams said:
“I was more than wrong. The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless.”
He was executed shortly before the expiration of the state’s supply of sedatives used in lethal injections. It hasn’t been easy for Arkansas to obtain lethal injection drugs as many suppliers do not want their products used in executions.
Williams and several other inmates on death row tried to get their sentences overturned on the grounds that midazolam, but that did not work.
Donna Terrell, a Little Rock TV news anchor who also witnessed the execution, said Williams’ chest moved up and down rapidly before he stopped breathing. She added that Williams did not appear as if he was in pain, but everyone present in the chamber could hear his breathing before his mic was turned off, reports Opposing Views.
Williams’ attorney Shawn Nolan told NBC that the execution was “horrifying.” He said:
“This is very disturbing, but not at all surprising, given the history of the risky sedative midazolam, which has been used in many botched executions. What’s important right now is that all the information about tonight’s execution must be meticulously documented and preserved so that we can discover exactly what happened in that execution chamber.”
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