Texas inmate executed for killing 5-year-old girl
By MICHAEL GRACZYK
HUNTSVILLE - Child sex offender Robert Anderson apologized in a voice choking with emotion before he was executed Thursday evening for abducting and killing a 5-year-old girl in Amarillo 14 years ago.
"I am sorry for the pain I have caused you," Anderson told the grandmother of his victim. "I have regretted this for a long time. I am sorry.
"I only ask that you remember the Lord because he remembers us and he forgives us if we ask him."
Anderson also apologized to his family for "the pain of all the years and for putting you through all the things we had to go through."
As the lethal drugs began taking effect, Anderson muttered a prayer. Eight minutes later at 6:19 p.m., he was pronounced dead.
Anderson, 40, had acknowledged the horrific slaying of Audra Reeves and asked that no new appeals be filed to try to block his execution, the 16th this year in Texas and the second in as many days.
"The only way I want this stopped is if they give a moratorium to the death penalty," Anderson had said in a recent death row interview where he took sole responsibility for the girl's murder.
"There was nobody else, just me," he said. "She was totally an innocent victim."
Audra lived with her mother in Live Oak, Fla., and had just arrived in Amarillo days earlier to spend the summer with her father. She was playing outside on June 9, 1992, when Anderson snatched her as she walked by his Amarillo home.