In the seconds before being injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital, Carroll Joe Parr told his victim's wife she should talk to her brother to learn "the truth about what happened to your husband." He convicted of killing a fellow drug dealer while robbing him outside of a Waco convenience store 10 years ago, reported The Associated Press.
Then, in what he called a "statement to the world," Parr said he was "in the midst of the truth."
"I am good. I am straight," he said.
He added that he wanted his "partners" or friends to know that he would "be back" like the Arnold Schwarzenegger "Terminator" film character.
"I'm on my way back. ... These eyes will close, but they will be opened again," Parr said before telling his family he loved them and thanking his spiritual adviser.
As the lethal drug began flowing into his arms, he took a breath, yawned, then began snoring. He was pronounced dead 19 minutes later, at 6:32 p.m. CDT.
Parr's attorneys didn't file any last-minute court appeals but Parr himself filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his punishment, arguing his legal help at his trial was deficient. Earlier Tuesday, the same appeal was denied by a judge in his trial court in Waco.
State and federal courts had rejected all of Parr's earlier appeals, most recently last week.
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