The 18th Execution of 2015
David Zink was pronounced dead at 7:41 p.m. on July 14, 2015 after receiving a lethal injection at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri, according to CNN.
Before his execution, Zink had some unusual advice for other inmates facing the death sentence: appreciate the fate that awaits you.
"For those who remain on death row, understand that everyone is going to die," Zink said in his final statement ahead of his death by lethal injection in Missouri on Tuesday night.
Execution, he suggested, is preferable to spending the rest of your life in prison.
"Statistically speaking, we have a much easier death than most, so I encourage you to embrace it and celebrate our true liberation before society figures it out and condemns us to life without parole and we too will die a lingering death," his statement says.
Zink, 55, was executed for the abduction, sexual assault and murder of 19-year-old Amanda Morton in 2001, a killing described by authorities as "an unspeakable act of violence."
He had confessed to tying Morton to a tree in a cemetery, breaking her neck and then slicing her spinal cord to ensure she wouldn't live, according to CNN.
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