The 29th Execution of 2014
Texas executed Willie Trottie on September 10, 2014 after the US supreme courts rejected last-minute appeals against the convicted double murderer being put to death by lethal injection, reported the Associated Press.
The death sentence against Trottie, who shot dead his former common-law wife and her brother more than two decades ago in Houston, was carried out on Wednesday evening. He had contended he had poor legal help at his trial and questioned the potency of the execution drug.
Trottie repeatedly expressed love to witnesses – both people he selected and relatives of his victims, Barbara and Titus Canada – and several times asked for forgiveness as he was about to be executed. “I love you all,” he said. “I’m going home, going to be with the Lord … Find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’m sorry.”
Trottie was pronounced dead at 6.35pm, 22 minutes after the injection began. He was the second person executed on September 10, 2014.
His was the eighth lethal injection this year in Texas and the first in the nation’s most active death penalty state since recent executions went awry in Oklahoma and Arizona. Unlike those states, where a drug combination is used for capital punishment, Texas uses a single lethal dose of pentobarbital.
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