An Alabama death row inmate who killed a man during a robbery in 1993 had Turtles candy for his last meal and used his final words to goad the prison warden overseeing his execution.
Casey McWhorter was pronounced dead just before 7pm on Thursday after being given a lethal injection at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.
The 49-year-old had been convicted of capital murder and was sentenced to death for his role in the robbery and shooting of Edward Lee Williams, 34, in 1993.
Prior to execution, officials confirmed to DailyMail.com that McWhorter had refused his breakfast and lunch, before opting to have a final meal of Turtles candy.
In his final remarks, McWhorter said: ‘I would like to say I love my mother and family. I would like to say to the victim´s family I’m sorry. I hope you find peace.’
McWhorter also took a final shot at warden Terry Raybon, who faced domestic abuse accusations decades ago, adding: ‘It’s not lost on me that a habitual abuser of women is carrying out this procedure.’
McWhorter, seen here, had been convicted of capital murder and was sentenced to death for his role in the robbery and shooting of Edward Lee Williams, 34, in 1993
McWhorter was pronounced dead just before 7pm on Thursday after being given a lethal injection William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama
According to AL, Raybon had been fired from the state trooper’s office in 1999 after a judge ruled he had beaten ‘a woman mercilessly’.
Raybon is also said to have been involved in a ‘domestic violence altercation’ in 1998 after he allegedly beat a woman so badly she needed hospital treatment.
McWhorter, who was 18 at the time of the murder, had conspired with two other teenagers, including Williams’ 15-year-old son to rob and kill him.
The jury that convicted McWhorter recommended a death sentence by a vote of 10-2, which a judge, who had the final decision, imposed, according to court records.
The younger teens – Edward Lee Williams Jr. and Daniel Miner, who was 16 – were sentenced to life in prison, according to court records.
The curtain to the execution chamber at 6:30pm with McWhorter strapped to a gurney laying cruciform, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
McWhorter moved slightly at the beginning of the procedure, rubbing his fingers together, but his breathing slowed until it was no longer visible.
Raybon read the death warrant and governor’s order of execution and within nine minutes of the curtain opening McWhorter had stopped breathing.
The outlet also reported that a corrections officer inside the death chamber bent to McWhorter’s ear and loudly called his name, before pinching his arm.
The Department of Corrections also confirmed to DailyMail.com that McWhorter had three visitors, and three phone calls on Thursday before his death.
Prosecutors said McWhorter and Miner went to the Williamses’ home with rifles and fashioned homemade silencers from a pillow and a milk jug.
When the older Williams arrived home and discovered the teens, he grabbed the rifle held by Miner.
They began to struggle over it, and McWhorter fired the first shot at Williams, according to court filings. Williams was shot a total of 11 times.
McWhorter also took a final shot at warden Terry Raybon, pictured here, in his final words after the warden had previously faced domestic abuse accusations decades ago
Raybon read the death warrant and governor’s order of execution and within nine minutes of the curtain opening McWhorter had stopped breathing
April Williams, the victim´s daughter, said her father today should be spending time with his grandchildren and enjoying retirement.
In a statement read by Corrections Commissioner John Q. Hamm, she said: ‘There is not a day that goes by that I don´t think about him and how I miss him.
‘Casey McWhorter had several hours in that house to change his mind from taking the life of my Dad.’
In an interview with the Associated Press, McWhorter called himself a ‘confused kid’ saying: ‘Anything that comes across them that just doesn´t sit well at first, take a few seconds to think that through.
‘Because one bad choice, one stupid mistake, one dumb decision can alter your life – and those that you care about – forever.’
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement: ‘Edward Lee Williams’ life was taken away from him at the hands of Casey A. McWhorter, and tonight, Mr. McWhorter answered for his actions.’
The Rev. Jeff Hood, a death row minister who works with an anti-death penalty group, accompanied McWhorter into the execution chamber as his spiritual adviser.
He said: ‘It is not lost on me that he was a murderer and so are all Alabamians tonight. I pray that we will all learn to stop killing each other.’
McWhorter had always said that he did not intend to kill Williams, but Attorney General Steve Marshall said he shot him in the head as Williams lay on the ground.
He spent nearly 30 years on Alabama´s death row, making him among the longest-serving inmates of the state´s 165 death row inmates.