Friday, May 3, 2013

Texas Execution

This is Richard Cobb. He is a 29 year old convicted for a murder in 2002. More then eleven years ago in East Texas he shot Kenneth Vandever with a 20-gauge shotgun killing him and also shot two women who survived. Beunka Adams was his partner in the murder who was executed last year. “KWTX reported that Adams showed that he gave the orders during the holdup and carried out the abductions. Assistant Attorney General Ellen Stewart-Klein said that Adams had “total participation in a capital murder and the moral culpability required of one sentenced to death,” the station reported” “Mr. Cobb has never disputed his involvement in the crimes, but explained that he acted out of fear of Adams, who orchestrated the crimes,” a court statement reads, according to Reuters. This is the fourth execution in Texas this year. It must be seen as not out of the ordinary, considering no press was sent to report the event. Texas has performed 496 executions since 1976, making it the leader in capital punishment.

Cobb had an interesting last moment of life, his final words. Here is where things get weird. Initially his last words were, “Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end. Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that. Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That’s it, warden.” But moments after being injected with the lethal chemicals he turned his head looking up at the warden and said, “Wow! That is great. That is awesome. Thank you, warden!” he then slumped his head on the pillow and was officially declared dead about fifteen minutes later.

“The drug used in Texas is pentobarbital, a barbiturate that has been withdrawn by its Danish maker, which will not sell it for use in executions.  That decision has several capital punishment states scrambling for a new supply, but the Texas Department of Criminal Justice apparently stocked up before the ban.  According to Austin’s American Statesman, the agency may have spent as much as $50,000 on execution chemicals and supplies.”

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