Friday, May 20, 2011

Alabama Executes Killer of Four

The 18th Execution of 2011

Alabama executed Jason Oric Williams by lethal injection on May 19, 2011 at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

Williams was the first inmate put to death in Alabama using the drug pentobarbital, according to Reuters. The state changed its execution protocol to use pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental after Hospira Inc., the only U.S. supplier of sodium thiopental, announced that it would no longer manufacture the drug.

According to court records, in 1992 Williams, high on drugs, went to the home of Gerald Paravicini. The family had taken Williams in two weeks earlier after his ex-wife demanded he move out.

When Clair Paravicini's son, Jeffery Carr, opened the door, Williams shot him in the face. He then shot Gerald Paravicini in the chest and neck, killing him. Williams broke Clair Paravicini's jaw with the butt of a 22-caliber automatic rifle and took her purse with her checkbook, credit cards and $530. Clair and her son survived the attack.

Williams then went to a nearby home. When Linda Barber opened the door, Williams shot her in the face and head, killing her instantly. He then killed her husband, Fred Barber, and the couple's son Bryan, who was asleep in his bedroom. Another son struggled with Williams and escaped after being shot in the hand.

Williams did not request a last meal. He ate from the vending machine in the visitation yard and had hot wings and a sandwich before he was put to death. Williams' last words were: "I hope that the family of the victims will forgive me for what I have done,” reported Reuters.

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