1976 - 1989 US EXECUTIONS AND STATISTICS

 Below is a complete list of Inmates Executed between 1976 & 1989 in the United States. The list includes a brief summary of their crime, Last Statement and Last Meal. If complications occurred during the offenders execution an additional note will be included.

1976 - 1989 Execution Statistics

Total Executions / Complications

120 / 11

Executions by Sex

Male - 119

Female -1

Executions by Race

White - 64

Black - 49

Latino - 7

Other - 0

Method of Execution

Lethal Injection - 42

Electric Chair - 72

 Gas Chamber - 5

Firing Squad - 1

 

 1977

 

JANUARY 17, 1977 – UTAH - VOLUNTEER
Gary Gilmore   
Firing Squad

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –


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1979

 

MAY 25, 1979 - FLORIDA
John Spenkelink
Electrocution
 
LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

OCTOBER 22, 1979 – NEVADA - VOLUNTEER
Jesse Bishop
Gas Chamber

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –  

 

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1981

 

MARCH 3, 1981 – INDIANA - VOLUNTEER
Steven Judy   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –    


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1982

 

AUGUST 10, 1982 – VIRGINA - VOLUNTEER
Frank Coppola
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –      

Complications - Although no media representatives witnessed the execution and no details were ever released by the Virginia Department of Corrections, an attorney who was present later stated that it took two 55-second jolts of electricity to kill Coppola. The second jolt produced the odor and sizzling sound of burning flesh, and Coppola's head and leg caught on fire. Smoke filled the death chamber from floor to ceiling with a smokey haze. (As per DPIC)


DECEMBER 7, 1982 – TEXAS
Charlie Brooks   
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – Statement to the Media: I, at this very moment, have absolutely no fear of what may happen to this body.  My fear is for Allah, God only, who has at this moment the only power to determine if I should live or die...As a devout Muslim, I am taught and believe that this material life is only for the express purpose of preparing oneself for the real life that is to come...Since becoming Muslim, I have tried to live as Allah wanted me to live.
Spoken: Yes, I do. I love you. Asdadu an la ilah illa Allah, Asdadu an la ilah illa Allah, Asdadu anna Muhammadan Rasul Allah, Asdadu anna Muhammadan Rasul Allah. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah.  I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Inna li-Allah wa-inna ilayhi rajiun. Verily unto Allah do we belong, Verily unto him do we return. Be strong.

LAST MEAL –  T-bone steak, french fries, catsup, Worcestershire sauce, rolls, peach cobbler, and ice tea


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1983

 

APRIL 22, 1983 - ALABAMA
John Evans   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL – 

Complications - After the first jolt of electricity, sparks and flames erupted from the electrode attached to Evans's leg. The electrode burst from the strap holding it in place and caught on fire. Smoke and sparks also came out from under the hood in the vicinity of Evans's left temple. Two physicians entered the chamber and found a heartbeat. The electrode was reattached to his leg, and another jolt of electricity was applied. This resulted in more smoke and burning flesh. Again the doctors found a heartbeat. Ignoring the pleas of Evans's lawyer, a third jolt of electricity was applied. The execution took 14 minutes and left Evans's body charred and smoldering. (As per DPIC)

    


SEPTEMBER 2, 1983 - MISSOURI
Jimmy Lee Gray   
Gas Chamber

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –  

Complications - Asphyxiation. Officials had to clear the room eight minutes after the gas was released when Gray's desperate gasps for air repulsed witnesses. His attorney, Dennis Balske of Montgomery, Alabama, criticized state officials for clearing the room when the inmate was still alive. Said noted death penalty defense attorney David Bruck, "Jimmy Lee Gray died banging his head against a steel pole in the gas chamber while the reporters counted his moans (eleven, according to the Associated Press)."3 Later it was revealed that the executioner, Barry Bruce, was drunk. (As per DPIC)

  
 

NOVEMBER 30, 1983 - FLORIDA
Robert Sullivan 
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

DECEMBER 14, 1983 - LOUISANA
Robert Wayne Williams   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

DECEMBER 15, 1983 - GEORGIA
John Eldon Smith   
Electrocution


LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –       

 

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1984    


 

JANUARY 26, 1984 - FLORIDA
Anthony Antone    
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

FEBURARY 29, 1984 - LOUISANA
John Taylor    
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MARCH 14, 1984 - TEXAS
James Autry
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – This offender declined to make a last statement.

LAST MEAL –  Hamburger, french fries, Dr. Pepper
   
 

MARCH 16, 1984 – NORTH CAROLINA
James Hutchins
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

MARCH 31, 1984 - TEXAS
Ronald O'Bryan    
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – What is about to transpire in a few moments is wrong! However, we as human beings do make mistakes and errors. This execution is one of those wrongs yet doesn’t mean our whole system of justice is wrong. Therefore, I would forgive all who have taken part in any way in my death. Also, to anyone I have offended in any way during my 39 years, I pray and ask your forgiveness, just as I forgive anyone who offended me in any way. And I pray and ask God’s forgiveness for all of us respectively as human beings.  To my loved ones, I extend my undying love. To those close to me, know in your hearts I love you one and all. God bless you all and may God’s best blessings be always yours.
Ronald C. O’Bryan
P.S. During my time here, I have been treated well by all T.D.C. personnel.

LAST MEAL –  T-bone steak (med. to well done), french fries and catsup, whole kernel corn, sweet peas, lettuce and tomato salad with egg and french dressing, iced tea, sweetener, saltines, Boston cream pie, and rolls
   
 

APRIL 5, 1984 - LOUISANA
Elmo Sonnier   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

APRIL 5, 1984 - FLORIDA
Arthur Goode   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
    
 

MAY 5, 1984 - FLORIDA
James Adams   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 6, 1984 - FLORIDA   
Carl Shriner   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

JULY 12, 1984 - GEORGIA
Ivon Stanley   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

JULY 13, 1984 - FLORIDA
David Washington   
Electrocution

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 1984 - FLORIDA
Ernest Dobbert
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

SEPTEMBER 10, 1984 - LOUISANA
Timothy Baldwin   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

SEPTEMBER 20, 1984 - FLORIDA
James Dupree Henry   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

OCTOBER 12, 1984 - VIRGINA
Linwood Briley   
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

OCTOBER 30, 1984 - LOUISANA
Ernest Knighton
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

OCTOBER 30, 1984 - TEXAS
Thomas Barefoot   
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – When asked if he had a last statement, he replied, "Yes, I do."I hope that one day we can look back on the evil that we’re doing right now like the witches we burned at the stake. I want everybody to know that I hold nothing against them. I forgive them all. I hope everybody I’ve done anything to will forgive me. I’ve been praying all day for Carl Levin’s wife to drive the bitterness from her heart because that bitterness that’s in her heart will send her to Hell just as surely as any other sin. I’m sorry for everything I’ve ever done to anybody. I hope they’ll forgive me. "Sharon, tell all my friends goodbye. You know who they are: Charles Bass, David Powell…" Then he coughed and nothing else was said.

LAST MEAL –  Chef soup with crackers, chili with beans, steamed rice, seasoned pinto beans, corn, seasoned mustard greens, hot spiced beets, and iced tea
   
 

NOVEMBER 2, 1984 – NORTH CAROLINA - FEMALE
Velma Barfield   
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL – 


NOVEMBER 8, 1984 - FLORIDA
Timothy Palmes    
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

DECEMBER 12, 1984 - GEORGIA
Alpha Otis Stephens
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –  

Complications - "The first charge of electricity ... failed to kill him, and he struggled to breathe for eight minutes before a second charge carried out his death sentence ..."5 After the first two minute power surge, there was a six minute pause so his body could cool before physicians could examine him (and declare that another jolt was needed). During that six-minute interval, Stephens took 23 breaths. A Georgia prison official said, "Stephens was just not a conductor" of electricity. (As per DPIC)

 

DECEMBER 28, 1984 - LOUISANA
Robert Lee Willie
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL – 

 

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1985


 

JANUARY 4, 1985 - LOUISANA
David Martin
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JANUARY 9, 1985 - GEORGIA
Roosevelt Green
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
   
 

JANUARY 11, 1985 – SOUTH CAROLINA
Joseph Carl Shaw
Electrocution
 
LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –
      
 

JANUARY 16, 1985 - TEXAS
Doyle Skillern
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I pray that my family will rejoice and will forgive, thank you.

LAST MEAL –  T-bone steak, baked potato, butter, sweet green peas, rolls, banana pudding, coffee
   
 

JANUARY 30, 1985 - FLORIDA
James Raulerson
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

FEBUARY 20, 1985 - GEORGINA
Van Roosevelt Solomon
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MARCH 6, 1985 - FLORIDA
Johnny Paul Witt    
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MARCH 13, 1985 - TEXAS
Stephen Peter Morin
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – Heavenly Father, I give thanks for this time, for the time that we have been together, the fellowship in your world, the Christian family presented to me (He called the names of the personal witnesses.). Allow your holy spirit to flow as I know your love as been showered upon me. Forgive them for they know not what they do, as I know that you have forgiven me, as I have forgiven them. Lord Jesus, I commit my soul to you, I praise you, and I thank you.

LAST MEAL –  T-bone steak, baked potato, butter, sweet green peas, rolls, banana pudding, coffee

Complications - Due to Morin's history of drug abuse, the execution technicians were forced to probe both of Morin's arms and one of his legs with needles for nearly 45 minutes before they found a suitable vein. (As per DPIC)

 

MARCH 20, 1985 - GEORGINA
John Young
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

APRIL 18, 1985 - VIRGINA
James Briley
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MAY 15, 1985 - TEXAS
Jesse de la Rosa    
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL –  Spanish rice, refried beans, flour tortillas, T-bone steak, tea, chocolate cake, and jalapeno peppers

 

MAY 29, 1985 - FLORIDA
Marvin Francois    
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 25, 1985 - TEXAS
Charles Milton
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – There’s no God but Allah, and unto thy I belong and unto thy I return. I want to continue to tell my brothers and sisters to be strong.

LAST MEAL –  T-bone steak, french fries, tossed salad with french dressing, catsup, hot rolls, and chocolate cake

 

JUNE 25, 1985 - VIRGINA
Morris Mason
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 9, 1985 - TEXAS
Henry Martinez Porter
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I want to thank Father Walsh for his spiritual help. I want to thank Bob Ray (Sanders) and Steve Blow for their friendship. What I want people to know is that they call me a cold-blooded killer when I shot a man that shot me first. The only thing that convicted me was that I am a Mexican and that he was a police officer. People hollered for my life, and they are to have my life tonight. The people never hollered for the life of the policeman that killed a thirteen-year-old boy who was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car. The people never hollered for the life of a Houston police officer who beat up and drowned Jose Campo Torres and threw his body in the river. You call that equal justice. This is your equal justice. This is America’s equal justice. A Mexican’s life is worth nothing. When a policeman kills someone he gets a suspended sentence or probation. When a Mexican kills a police officer this is what you get. From there you call me a cold-blooded murderer. I didn’t tie anyone to a stretcher. I didn’t pump any poison into anybody’s veins from behind a locked door. You call this justice. I call this and your society a bunch of cold-blooded murderers. I don’t say this with any bitterness or anger. I just say this with truthfulness. I hope God forgives me for all my sins. I hope that God will be as merciful to society as he has been to me. I’m ready, Warden.

LAST MEAL –  Flour tortillas, T-bone steak, refried beans, tossed salad, jalapeno peppers, ice cream and chocolate cake

 

JULY 11, 1985 – TEXAS - VOLUNTEER
Charles Rumbaugh
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – D.J., Laurie, Dr. Wheat, about all I can say is goodbye, and for all the rest of you, although you don’t forgive me for my transgressions, I forgive yours against me. I am ready to begin my journey and that’s all I have to say.

LAST MEAL –  One flour tortilla and water
   
 

OCTOBER 16, 1985 – INDIANA - VOLUNTEER
William Vandiver
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –  

Complications - After the first administration of 2,300 volts, Vandiver was still breathing. The execution eventually took 17 minutes and five jolts of electricity.8 Vandiver's attorney, Herbert Shaps, witnessed the execution and observed smoke and the smell of burning. He called the execution "outrageous." The Department of Corrections admitted the execution "did not go according to plan." (As per DPIC)



DECEMBER 6, 1985 – NEVADA - VOLUNTEER
Carroll Cole
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL – 

 

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1986

 

JANUARY 10, 1986 – SOUTH CAROLINA
James Terry Roach    
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MARCH 12, 1986 - TEXAS
Charles William Bass
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I deserve this. Tell everyone I said goodbye.

LAST MEAL –  Plain cheese sandwich

 

MARCH 21, 1986 - ALABAMA
Arthur Lee Jones
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

APRIL 15, 1986 - FLORIDA
Daniel Thomas
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

APRIL 16, 1986 – TEXAS - VOLUNTEER
Jeffrey Allen Barney
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL –  Two boxes of frosted flakes and a pint of milk

 

APRIL 22, 1986 - FLORIDA
David Funchess
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

May 15, 1986 - TEXAS
Jay Pinkerton   
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – "Be strong for me," Pinkerton told his father, Gene Pinkerton, as witnesses entered the execution chamber. "I want you to know I’m at peace with myself and with my God," Pinkerton said. He recited a prayer to Allah, the supreme being of Islam. "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah. With your praise I ask for forgiveness and I return unto you," Pinkerton said. "I love you, Dad."

LAST MEAL –  Fish sandwich, french fries, and milk

 

MAY 20, 1986 - FLORIDA
Ronald Straight
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 6, 1986 - TEXAS
Rudy Esquivel
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – Goodbye to all my friends; be cool. Thank you for being my friends. Give my love to everybody.

LAST MEAL –  Fried breast of chicken, corn on the cob, french fries, jalapeno pepper, and pecan pie

 

JUNE 19, 1986 - TEXAS
Kenneth Brock
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I have no last words. I am ready.

LAST MEAL –  Large double-meat cheese burger with mustard, and Dr. Pepper

 

JUNE 24, 1986 - GEORGIA
Jerome Bowden
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 31, 1986 - VIRGINA
Michael Smith
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

AUGUST 20, 1986 - TEXAS
Randy Woolls
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – Goodbye to my family; I love all of you, I’m sorry for the victim’s family. I wish I could make it up to them. I want those out there to keep fighting the death penalty.

LAST MEAL –  Cheeseburger, french fries, chocolate cake and iced tea

Complications - A drug addict, Woolls helped the execution technicians find a useable vein for the execution. (As per DPIC)

 

AUGUST 22, 1986 - TEXAS
Larry Smith
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – Tell my mother I love her and continue on without me. God bless her. Tell the guys on death row to continue their struggle to get off death row. That’s about it.

LAST MEAL –  Smothered steak and gravy, french fries, lemon pie and Coke

 

AUGUST 26, 1986 - TEXAS
Chester Wicker
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL –  Lettuce and tomatoes

 

SEPTEMBER 19, 1986 – NORTH CAROLINA
John Rook
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

DECEMBER 4, 1986 - TEXAS
Michael Wayne Evans
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done and I hope I’m forgiven. I don’t hold nothing against no one – Everyone has treated me well and I know it’s not easy for them – That’s all, I’m sorry.

LAST MEAL –  Declined last meal

 

DECEMBER 18, 1986 - TEXAS
Richard Andrade
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Pizza, pinto beans, Spanish rice and cake  

 

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1987

 

JANUARY 30, 1987 – TEXAS – VOLUNTEER
Ramon Hernandez
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Beef tacos, beef enchiladas, jalapeno peppers, salad onion, hot sauce, shredded cheese and coffee

 

MARCH 4, 1987 – TEXAS - VOLUNTEER
Elisio Moreno
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Four cheese enchiladas, two fish patties, french fries, milk catsup and lemon pie

 

MAY 15, 1987 – GEORGIA
Joseph Mulligan
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MAY 20, 1987 – MISSISSIPPI
Edward Earl Johnson
Gas Chamber

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –


MAY 22, 1987 – GEORGIA
Richard Tucker
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MAY 28, 1987 – TEXAS
Anthony Williams
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – Mother, I am sorry for all the pain I’ve caused you. Please forgive me. Take good care of yourself. Ernest and Otis, watch out for the family. Thank all of you who have helped me.

LAST MEAL – Fish tartar sauce, french fries, catsup, white bread and milk

 

MAY 29, 1987 – GEORGIA
William Boyd Tucker
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 7, 1987 – LOUISANA
Benjamin Berry
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 9, 1987 – LOUISANA
Alvin Moore
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 12, 1987 – LOUISANA
Jimmy Glass
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 16, 1987 – LOUISANA
Jimmy Wingo
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 24, 1987 – TEXAS
Elliott Rod Johnson
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Cheeseburger and fries

Complications - Due to collapsed veins, it took nearly an hour to complete the execution.
 (As per DPIC)


JULY 6, 1987 – VIRGINA
Richard Whitley
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 8, 1987 – TEXAS
John R.Thompson
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Freshly squeezed orange juice

 

JULY 8, 1987 – MISSISSIPPI
Connie Ray Evans
Gas Chamber

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 20, 1987 – LOUISANA
Willie Celestine
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 24, 1987 – LOUISANA
Willie Watson
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 30, 1987 – LOUISANA
John Brogdon
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

AUGUST 24, 1987 – LOUISANA
Sterling Rault
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

AUGUST 28, 1987 – FLORIDA
Beauford White
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

AUGUST 28, 1987 – ALABAMA
Wayne Ritter
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

AUGUST 28, 1987 – UTAH
Dale Pierre Selby
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 1987 – GEORGIA
Billy Mitchell
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

SEPTEMBER 10, 1987 – TEXAS
Joseph Starvaggi
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Declined last meal

 

SEPTEMBER 21, 1987 – GEORGIA
Timothy McCorquodale
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –


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1988

 

JANUARY 7, 1988 – TEXAS
Robert Streetman
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – 2 dozen scrambled eggs, flour tortillas, french fries and catsup

 

MARCH 15, 1988 - FLORIDA
Willie Darden
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MARCH 15, 1988 – LOUISANA
Wayne Felde
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

APRIL 13, 1988 – LOUISANA
Leslie Lowenfield
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

APRIL 14, 1988 – VIRGINA
Earl Clanton
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 10, 1988 – UTAH – VOLUNTEER
Arthur Bishop
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 14, 1988 – LOUISANA
Edward Byrne
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 28, 1988 – GEORGIA
James Messer
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

NOVEMBER 3, 1988 – TEXAS
Donald Gene Franklin
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – This offender declined to make a last statement.

LAST MEAL – Hamburger, french fries and catsup

 

NOVEMBER 7, 1988 – FLORIDA
Jeffrey Daugherty
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

DECEMBER 13, 1988 – TEXAS
Raymond Landry JR.
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – None recorded

LAST MEAL – Declined last meal

Complications - Pronounced dead 40 minutes after being strapped to the execution gurney and 24 minutes after the drugs first started flowing into his arms.12 Two minutes after the drugs were administered, the syringe came out of Landry's vein, spraying the deadly chemicals across the room toward witnesses. The curtain separating the witnesses from the inmate was then pulled, and not reopened for fourteen minutes while the execution team reinserted the catheter into the vein. Witnesses reported "at least one groan." A spokesman for the Texas Department of Correction, Charles Brown (sic), said, "There was something of a delay in the execution because of what officials called a 'blowout.' The syringe came out of the vein, and the warden ordered the (execution) team to reinsert the catheter into the vein." (As per DPIC)


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1989

 

JANUARY 6, 1989 – MISSOURI
George "Tiny" Mercer
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JANUARY 24, 1989 – FLORIDA
Theodore Bundy
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MARCH 22, 1989 – TEXAS
Leon Rutherford King
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I would like to tell Mr. Richard that I appreciate all he has done for me. I love you all. God bless. Goodbye, David.

LAST MEAL – Declined last meal

 

MAY 4, 1989 – FLORIDA
Aubrey Adams
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MAY 18, 1989 – GEORGIA
Henry Willis
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

MAY 24, 1989 – TEXAS
Stephen McCoy
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – This offender declined to make a last statement.

LAST MEAL – Cheeseburger, french fries and strawberry milk shake

Complications - He had such a violent physical reaction to the drugs (heaving chest, gasping, choking, back arching off the gurney, etc.) that one of the witnesses (male) fainted, crashing into and knocking over another witness. Houston attorney Karen Zellars, who represented McCoy and witnessed the execution, thought the fainting would catalyze a chain reaction. The Texas Attorney General admitted the inmate "seemed to have a somewhat stronger reaction," adding "The drugs might have been administered in a heavier dose or more rapidly." (As per DPIC)



MAY 26, 1989 – ALABAMA
Michael Lindsey
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 19, 1989 – NEVADA – VOLUNTEER
William Paul Thompson
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 21, 1989 – MISSISSIPPI
Leo Edwards
Gas Chamber

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JUNE 23, 1989 – NEVADA – VOLUNTEER
Sean Patrick Flannagan
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

JULY 14, 1989 – ALABAMA
Horace F. Dunkins
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL – 

Complications - It took two jolts of electricity, nine minutes apart, to complete the execution. After the first jolt failed to kill the prisoner (who was mildly retarded), the captain of the prison guard opened the door to the witness room and stated "I believe we've got the jacks on wrong."15 Because the cables had been connected improperly, it was impossible to dispense sufficient current to cause death. The cables were reconnected before a second jolt was administered. Death was pronounced 19 minutes after the first electric charge. At a post-execution news conference, Alabama Prison Commissioner Morris Thigpen said, "I regret very very much what happened. [The cause] was human error." (As per DPIC)

 

AUGUST 18, 1989 – ALABAMA
Herbert Richardson
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

AUGUST 30, 1989 – VIRGINA
Alton Waye
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

SEPTEMBER 20, 1989 – TEXAS
James Paster
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – I hope Mrs. Howard can find peace in this.

LAST MEAL – Declined last meal

 

NOVEMBER 17, 1989 – ALABAMA
Arthur Julius
Electrocution

LAST STATEMENT –

LAST MEAL –

 

DECEMBER 7, 1989 – TEXAS
Carlos de Luna
Lethal Injection

LAST STATEMENT – 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.

LAST MEAL – Declined last meal

 

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