Convicted double murderer Christopher Chubasco Wilkins was executed by the state of Texas tonight, marking the first execution of the new year. Wilkins earned his death sentence for shooting and killing two men in 2005 after one of the men sold Wilkins a bag of gravel, claiming it was crack cocaine, and then made fun of him for being so gullible.
“I've been in the game long enough,” Wilkins said about the prank. “We rob each other all the time. That's what we do. But he didn't have to sit there and laugh at me.”
Wilkins also admitted to killing a third man two days earlier during an argument over a payphone, and he once tried to run two people over with a stolen car because he thought one of them had stolen his sunglasses.
“I make bad decisions,” Wilkins explained. “I know they're bad decisions when I'm making them. I make them anyway.”
Perhaps the killer’s unusual middle name has something to do with his violent, unpredictable temper. Contrary to popular belief, Chubasco is not a hot-sauce-loving Wookie from the new Star Wars film. It’s actually the term for a fierce storm filled with thunder and lightning which springs up without warning along the coast of Mexico and Central America during the rainy season.
Prior to his execution, the savage killer enjoyed a last meal that was quite sedate. Because Texas doesn’t allow special last meal requests, Wilkins ate the same meal served to others in his prison unit: baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, carrots, ranch-style beans, and sliced bread, with pear crisp for dessert. He was given the usual choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.