Summary of Offense: Convicted of raping 14-year-old Carlotta Hartness and killing her, plus her 17-year-old boyfriend Thomas Scofield Taylor, in 1977. He is even said to have returned to the scene of the crime repeatedly over the next few days to have sex with Hartness’ rotting corpse.
Victims: Tommy Taylor and Carlotta Hartness
Time of Death: 5:16 a.m.
Manner of execution: Electric Chair
Last Meal: Pizza and tossed salad
Final Statement: "To all those who sought my death and to Gov. (Richard) Riley (who refused his clemency pleas), I hope you learn from your mistake. Killing was wrong when I did it. It is wrong when you do it. . . . May God bless and forgive you all."
In his final statement, the 29-year-old condemned man thanked his family, religious counselors, attorneys and well-wishers and apologized to his victims' families.