Murderer eats masses of ice cream before execution for killing pastor and wife
A man convicted of killing a country preacher during a 1991 robbery was has been put to death by lethal injection in Alabama on Thursday.
His execution came weeks after he avoided another execution date following disagreements between U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Christopher Lee Price, 46, became the second inmate to be put to death in Alabama in two weeks.
He asked for vast amounts of pudding before his execution.
For his final meal, Price asked for four pints of Turtle Pie ice cream, according to reports.
The execution was carried out at Holman prison, where he was pronounced dead at 7:31 p.m.
Convicted over the killing of Bill Lynn, a north Alabama pastor slain by a sword and knife just days before Christmas, Price released a statement of apology through his attorney before the execution.
A man is much more than his worst mistake, he said, while strapped to a gurney moments before the drugs began flowing.
Governor Kay Ivey issued a statement saying Price had to be punished.
Finally, the loved ones of Pastor Lynn can feel at ease knowing that justice has been administered. I pray that, after all these years later, his family can feel a sense of peace and comfort, she said.
The execution had been delayed by more than an hour while the state awaited the courts decision, a prison official said.
Price sought a stay based on a challenge to the states method of using three drugs during lethal injections.
The nations highest court, by a 5-4 vote, refused to halt the execution and did not give a reason for denying the stay.
Price had asked to instead die by nitrogen hypoxia, an execution method Alabama has legally authorized but not developed.
His lawyers argued the method, which kills by depleting the body of oxygen, would be less painful than lethal injection.
The inmate was set to be executed last month, but the state death warrant expired at midnight, before a divided U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay that blocked the lethal injection.
The Alabama Supreme Court set a new execution date even though U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose of Mobile had scheduled a trial set for June 10 to hear Prices challenge to Alabamas lethal injection process.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the court should have delayed the execution until the trial could take place.