Wednesday, February 11, 2015

No Happy Ending for This Storey

Shortly after midnight, the state of Missouri executed condemned killed Walter Storey for a brutal murder committed during a home invasion in 1990. Storey chose a rather pedestrian cheeseburger and French fries for his final meal.

Storey's story is notable because it ends Missouri's long tradition of midnight executions. From now on, executions will take place at the more decent hour of 6pm, which is a common time for executions in other states. Hopefully this means that all the yawning and snoring will be coming form the man on the lethal injection table from now on, as opposed to the roomful of witnesses.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Newbury to be Buried

Donald Newbury, a member of the infamous "Texas 7" (the unluckiest 7 in the history of the number, by the way) was executed tonight by the state of Texas. Newbury and 6 other Texas convicts gained notoriety for a daring prison escape in 2000, and while on the run the gang murdered a police officer. One member of the gang committed suicide before the group was re-arrested, and two other members have already been executed for the police officer's murder.

Since Texas no longer allows special last meal requests, Newbury was served the same food as others in his unit. For his last meal, Newbury had baked chicken, beef noodle casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, pinto beans, bread, and carrot cake, with water and tea to drink.