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Death row man's last words on election

2012-11-07 09:34

Washington - The US state of Oklahoma on Tuesday executed a convicted murderer who made a reference to the "very close race" for the White House won by President Barack Obama in his final words, officials said.

Garry Thomas Allen, whose execution was stayed three times, was declared dead by lethal injection at 2310 GMT, just under an hour after polling stations closed in the state.

"Obama won two out of three counties," Allen said shortly before he was put to death, according to Jerry Massie, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said. "It's going to be a very close race."

The 56-year-old appeared surprised the execution would take place, Massie said.

Allen was sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of the estranged 24-year-old mother of his two young children. He lost an eye in a scuffle with a police officer shortly afterwards.

His lawyers had argued that Allen, who was hospitalised with psychological problems and has had a history of alcoholism and drugs, could not be held accountable for his actions. The Supreme Court rejected his final appeal on Tuesday.

Allen is the fifth death row inmate to be executed in Oklahoma this year and the 36th in the United States as a whole, according to the Death Penalty Information Centre.

Comments
  • jacovniek - 2012-11-07 09:43

    I still think death is a release... they should rot in jail with no freedoms. What about tax payer's money you ask? Well... the so-called "caring" does provide "jobs" to 100s correctional staff and the food/clothes that need to be bought have to be produced/manufactured, providing even more employment.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-11-07 09:45

    ahhh...wish we had that here...a working government with a legal system that actually works....with the death penalty to boot!...Paradise!

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-11-07 09:46

    Huh???? Why is this a story?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-07 10:52

      Just to confirm there is justice in the world ... I guess.

      nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-11-07 13:44

      I am pro death penalty, but NOT in the hands of an ANC government.

      rude.awakning - 2012-11-07 20:53

      i guess you are living in the wrong country!

  • daniel.bogogolela - 2012-11-07 10:06

    i think he should be released and be rehabilitated instead of being killed.anyway,this is just my personal opinion.

      jacovniek - 2012-11-07 10:19

      I would agree mostly with you... problem is, that many times they commit murder again.

      Desmond Lando Smith - 2012-11-07 10:35

      @ daniel ...... the inmate was executed

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-11-07 10:57

      Did you even read the article properly? How can he be released and rehabilitated if he is already dead?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-07 10:58

      @daniel. And, I think he should have e cut his losses with "the estranged 24-year-old mother of his two young children.", instead of killing her. And this, dear daniel is my personal opinion.

      rude.awakning - 2012-11-07 11:13

      this is my personal opinion: On politics he could comment, but for the dastardly act of murdering a once loved one he did not repent! Hey should have hanged him by the n*ts!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-11-07 10:17

    Good that is what the murderers in South Africa should get,Maybe the south african government will wake up to the fact one day that murder is murder and an eye for an eye.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-11-07 10:24

    Eishhhhh, bring this capital punishment- death penalty here in MZANZI,brutal and heartless murdering of innocent people become a daily life horror in every community, what a shame!! Everywhere murder,rape,theft, robberu,drunken driving, hell .

  • peter.gugelmin - 2012-11-07 10:32

    Read between the lines. He committed the murder in 1986, if he was caught and sentenced within 2 years, he sat on death row for 24 years. While I believe in justice and the death penalty is not a bad idea, taxpayers paid for those 24 years for his upkeep

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-07 12:29

      @peter. And justice ..... Priceless.

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