Per reports, the 38-year-old condemned prisoner, Keneth W, issued stunning final words before being executed. The inmate was sentenced to life in jail for the 1998 killing of Dominique H. After escaping from prison in 1999, he was convicted of capital murder in connection with the killing of Cecil B. Cecil’s daughter, Jodie, reportedly watched from the death chamber as Keneth was executed. She said that while the execution will not bring closure to her family, it does help some.
“Every time we drive down this road, he’s not here anymore,” she said of the prisoner. Keneth’s final words were surprising to some, as he appeared to show remorse for his actions. “I was more than wrong,” Keneth reportedly said. “The crime I perpetrated against you all was senseless.” On April 27, the inmate reportedly died by lethal injection. According to NBC News, Keneth’s attorney demanded an investigation after the inmate reportedly convulsed during his execution, which was described as horrifying. “This is the most I’ve seen an inmate move three or four minutes in,” said Associated Press reporter Kissel, who witnessed his 10th execution.
Kissel said that Keneth lurched about 15 times quickly, followed by another five slower lurches, three minutes after he was given the sedative midazolam. “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,” said Keneth’s attorney, Nolan.
Nolan also said: “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.” Dear readers, we are republishing this story in light of recent reports about an increase in botched executions. It’s estimated that 3% of U.S. executions between 1890 to 2010 were botched, with Lethal injection having the highest rate of failure.