Thursday, June 30, 2011

Arizona Executes Child Killer

The 25th Execution of 2011

Arizona executed Richard Lynn Bible today at the state prison in Florence. He had been on death row for more than two decades. Bible was convicted of kidnapping and killing 9-year-old Jennifer Wilson, of Yuma, while she was on vacation with her family in Flagstaff. Hikers found her naked, decomposing body three weeks later, according to the Associated Press.

Bible failed to win any of his appeals. Most recently, he asked an appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his execution for DNA testing on hairs used as evidence in his trial.

According to KSWT-TV, Bible seemed frightened when he was brought into the death chamber, and swallowed repeatedly throughout his final words, which were "Thank you to my family and my lawyers. I love you all. Everything's ok."

Once the injection was administered, Bible continued to swallow hard, and his right arm twitched and moved several times before he was pronounced dead.

After Bible died, Jennifer Wilson's father addressed the media, thanking everyone for their support, and thanking the Arizona department of corrections, saying he felt justice had finally been served.

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