Friday, April 20, 2012

Daily Special for Shannon Johnson

Convicted killer Shannon Johnson was executed in Delaware today in the wee hours of the morning.

The execution was surrounded by confusion and controversy. Part of that was because Johnson accepted his sentence and never wanted to file an appeal, which caused lawmakers to label him crazy. The fact that Delaware performs executions about as often as Kim Kardashian shops at Wal-Mart probably didn't help, either. There were stays, attempted stays, delays, and all other types of courtroom chaos before the execution finally went through at the odd hour of 2:55am.

Johnson was convicted of shooting and killing a man whom he thought was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend. He then tried to kill the ex-girlfriend herself several days later, but his gun jammed during the attempt. In-between the two crimes, Johnson evaded police by disguising himself as a Muslim woman and wearing a full-length burka whenever he went out in public.

Perhaps due to the confusion surrounding the execution, Shannon Johnson didn't order a customized last meal. Instead, he ate the prison's "daily special" of chicken lo mein, carrots, wheat bread, cake, and iced tea.

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