Rodrigo Hernandez, convicted of sexually assaulting and killing one woman but suspected in the death of another, was executed yesterday by the state of Texas. Since Texas abandoned their "special last meal" program last year, no criminal has chosen to eat the prison cafeteria's "meal of the day," which is now their only option.
As he was led into the execution chamber, Hernandez remarked "I'm ready. They better hurry up." (Other death row inmates should take note: saying "I'm NOT ready" has little chance of delaying or canceling your execution) After the lethal drugs were injected into his system, Hernandez said, "Are they already doing it? I'm gonna go to sleep. See you later." He then added either "This stuff stinks, man," or "This stuff stings, man," depending on which report you believe.
UPDATE 1/30/12: We've just learned that Rodrigo Hernandez did indeed eat the "meal of the day" when it was offered to him. And the daily special was--drum roll please--chicken-fried steak. A big thank you to the kind and helpful folks at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice!