Chilling words of murderer as he’s put to death by lethal injection in Georgia
A cold-blooded killer mumbled "it burns man" as he was executed via lethal injection in Georgia.
Robert Butts Jr., 40, was put to death on Friday night for the murder of an off-duty prison guard blasted in the head with a sawn-off shotgun.
The brother and father of victim Donovan Parks watched the execution of Butts at a prison in Jackson.
A reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution also witnessed the death and said Butts was pronounced dead at 9.58pm.
When asked for any final words he said: "I’ve been drinking caffeine all day".
He closed his eyes as he was put onto a stretcher and never reopened them before he died.
It was a few minutes after the deadly drugs had been administered when Butts mumbled "it burns man", the AJC reports.
Butts and his co-defendant Marion Wilson Jnr were convicted of the brutal killing in 1996.
Wilson remains on death row.
Both were said to be members of the FOLK Nation gang and were shopping in a Wal-Mart "looking for a victim" when they encountered Mr Parks.
Butts knew the victim from when they used to work at a Burger King together.
He stood in line behind Mr Parks, a Jehovah’s Witness who was shopping for cat food, soap and cocoa, then asked him for a ride for him and his friend.
Mr Parks accepted and the trio walked to his car.
Sixteen minutes later, Mr Parks was marched at gunpoint to the rear of his car and shot in the back of the head from point-blank range.
The killers then tried to sell the car for parts but when that was unsuccessful they set it alight.
They were arrested four days later and police found the murder weapon underneath Wilson’s mattress.
"That night, they extinguished the life of a young man whose life was full of promise; a young man who was sensitive, caring, and compassionate," Christopher Parks wrote of his brother.
The execution was originally scheduled for Thursday but the
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles issued a stay on
Wednesday to consider the case further.
Late on Thursday, the board lifted the stay, allowing the execution to proceed.
Lawyers for the death row inmate had asked the state
clemency board to spare his life and sentence him to life in
They said the accomplice was the trigger man and that
the tainted testimony of jail house informants, who said Butts
told them he pulled the trigger, was used in his trial.
"Robert Butts did not shoot and kill Donovan Parks," they
Two of three cell mates have admitted to lying when they
testified in court that Butts confessed to the killing, the
clemency petition said.
The lawyers also launched a last-minute appeal on Friday
with the U.S. Supreme Court, which was rejected.
The state has argued that he was duly convicted and deserves
to die for his role in the brutal killing.
Wilson was also sentenced to death for his role in the
killing and is appealing his case.
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