Donald Palmer executed, uses last words to beg forgiveness
A 47-year-old US man was put to death in the midwestern state of Ohio, using his last words to beg forgiveness for murdering two strangers.
Donald Palmer, who spent 23 years on Death Row, was executed by lethal injection and declared dead at 10:30 am (1635 SA time), a spokesman said.
“I wanted you to know I’ve carried you in my heart for years and years,” Palmer said to the six women — the widows, daughters, and a niece of his victims — attending the execution.
“I’m so sorry for what I took from you,” he said, adding “I hope the pain and hurt die with me here today.”
Palmer, who exhausted all his appeals, was sentenced to death for the 1989 murders of two men — shooting each twice in the head — when they, one after the other, happened upon him as he was staking out the house of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.
The Ohio Board of Pardons last August, and Governor John Kasich last September, refused to grant him clemency.
Palmer is the 28th inmate executed this year in the US, the second in Ohio, since the death penalty was reestablished in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Another execution, of Robert Harris, a black man convicted of murdering five people at the car wash he’d just been fired from, was planned for Thursday evening, in Texas.