Wednesday, July 12, 2006; Posted: 12:11 p.m. EDT (16:11 GMT)
(CourtTV) -- Convicted killer Rocky Barton was executed by lethal injection Wednesday morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
He was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m.
Barton, 49, had repeatedly said he believed he deserved to die for killing his fourth wife in 2003. He waived all his appeals. He did not attend his clemency hearing, and told reporters in the days leading up to the execution that he was ready to die.
Barton killed his wife Kimbirli Jo Barton on January 16, 2003, as she returned to the couple's home to retrieve her belongings. He shot her twice while her daughter and Barton's uncle looked on. He then turned the gun on himself, but survived a gunshot wound to the face.
O'Brien executed for rape-murders
Killer apologizes to the families of Peña and Ertman
By ALLAN TURNER and ROSANNA RUIZ
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
HUNTSVILLE - As the parents of his victims wordlessly watched, their faces just inches away from the glass that separated them from the execution chamber, killer-rapist Derrick O'Brien went to his death Tuesday, expressing deep sorrow for his crimes.
One of six men convicted of the 1993 rape-murders of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Peña, 16 — teens who stumbled into a drunken midnight gang initiation rite — O'Brien, 31, was the first to die.
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But on a Web site provided by death penalty opponents, O'Brien wrote that "Life is a miracle and therefore precious. Each time one is taken ... the world loses something special." His observation was in reference to his own life, not that of his victims.
Yeah. He is so fucking sorry that he thinks his life is more "special" than the two girls he killed.
Burn in hell, monster.