Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Thank Goodness There Are States With Back Bones
From the Chicago Tribune:
A man convicted of the 1989 rape and strangulation of a teenage girl in Georgia was executed on Tuesday, the first U.S. inmate to be put to death since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April renewed a national debate over capital punishment.
Barely an hour later, a man convicted of killing two people and leaving his ex-girlfriend blind and disfigured in a 1996 rampage was put to death in Missouri early on Wednesday, state officials said, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his bid for an 11th-hour reprieve.
The execution of John Winfield, 43, at 12:01 a.m. local time. In Georgia, Marcus Wellons, 58, was executed by lethal injection at a prison inmate intake facility that also houses Georgia's death row and was pronounced dead at 11:56 pm local time, shortly after his bid for a reprieve was denied.
After Winfield was pronounced dead shortly after midnight in Missouri, the state attorney general issued a statement.
"Nearly two decades have passed since John Winfield’s cowardly acts of rage and jealously changed the lives of three families forever," wrote Chris Koster. "He brutally murdered two defenseless young women, one in front of her children, and attempted to murder the mother of his own children, leaving her permanently disabled."
State corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said Wellons' execution went smoothly, without complications. She said he issued a statement of apology and recited a brief prayer before he was put to death.
Another inmate was slated for execution on Wednesday in Florida.
Wellons was the first inmate put to death since condemned Oklahoma killer and rapist Clayton Lockett died on April 29, suffering an apparent heart attack about 30 minutes after prison officials there had halted his execution because of problems in administering the lethal injection.
The media wants to say that the Oklahoma execution that put to death a savage murderer was a botched execution. No it wasn't. The thug died and felt little pain and certainly less pain than his victim. The execution worked- not as planned but in the end the thug died and there was nothing wrong with that.
So thank you to Georgia and Missouri for their bravery for putting a couple of thugs into the after life and hopefully, to hell.