To paraphrase the old saying, "Execution means never having to say you're sorry."
If you have any doubts, just look at the last words of Rickey Lynn Lewis, executed tonight by the state of Texas. Lewis--who used every crayon in the crime box during his long career on the wrong side of the law--had already been to prison five times before he was sentenced to death. His crime? All in one night, Lewis killed a man, raped his fiancee, stole his truck, and shot his dog.
Lewis had the chance to apologize to the fiancee just before his execution, but instead he told her "If I hadn't raped you, you wouldn't have lived." After a few more comments, he closed his final statements with the words "I'm getting dizzy."
Since Texas did away with special last meal requests in 2011, Lewis was served the same food as others in his unit. He ate pepper steak, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, and pinto beans, along with punch, tea, milk, and water to drink. A big thank you as always to the folks at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice information office!