Wednesday, March 04, 2009

433rd Person Executed by Texas Tonight

Today Texas executed Kenneth Wayne Morris on his 38th birthday. He was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. Two more executions are set for next week in Texas.

Morris was the 194th person executed since Rick Perry assumed the office of governor of Texas in December 2000. Overall, 433 people have been executed in Texas since 1982. There were zero executions in Texas between 1964 and 1982. Virginia, with 103 executions, comes in a distant second to Texas in number of executions.

The AP has the details:

In a brief statement, Kenneth Wayne Morris apologized for the killing.

"I'm sorry for all the pain I might have caused you and your family," he said, looking at three of the victim's sons and one grandson. "I carry nothing but love in my heart. I pray one day y'all can forgive me."

Morris looked toward two female friends watching through another window and expressed his love to them.

"I'm ready to go home," he said, his voice breaking. Then he grinned broadly and mouthed a kiss to the women. "I'll always be with you."

As the drugs began taking effect, he turned again toward the victim's relatives and said, "I really am sorry." Eight minutes after the lethal drugs began flowing, he was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m.

Morris, whose 38th birthday was Wednesday, was condemned for the 1991 fatal shooting of James Adams, 63. Evidence showed Morris and two companions who broke into Adams' home thought the place contained numerous expensive weapons but got disoriented as they drove around the neighborhood and picked the wrong house. ."

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