Karla Faye Tucker
Karla Faye Tucker (b. 1960), 2 weeks before her
execution by lethal injection in Texas. her warders, campaigners
Amnesty International all appealled for clemency on
the grounds that she was no threat to anyone.
The lethal injection table, Texas, USA.
Tucker was flown to Huntsville on Monday 2nd February 1998from
row in the . Mountain View building at Gatesville about 175 miles
Huntsville. She was placed in a holding cell next to the execution
On her final day, she refused breakfast in her cell and was said
guards to be "at peace". She wrote a letter and took two visits.
allowed half-an-hour with her husband, prison minister Dana Brown
married on death row, and another half-hour with a spiritual adviser.
The US Supreme Court rejected two last-minute calls for clemency
Texas governor, George Bush, ordered the execution to go ahead
on time. He
said her case had been thoroughly reviewed.
"I have concluded judgements about the heart and soul of an individual
Death Row are best left to a higher authority," Mr Bush said.
"May God bless Karla Faye Tucker and may God bless her victims
Sometime after 6.20 p.m. Karla dressed in fresh white prison clothes
onto the gurney unaided and was strapped down over her legs and
arms were strapped to side boards and a catheter was inserted into
veins of each arm. She was wheeled into the execution chamber at
She was asked if she had a final statement and turned her head
witness chamber and said into the microphone: "Yes sir, I would
like to say
to all of you, the Thornton family and Jerry Deanís family that
I am so
sorry. I hope God will give you peace with this.
Tucker then looked at her husband, watching from behind the screen,
said: "Baby, I love you. Everybody has been so good to me. I love
you very much. Iím going to be face to face with Jesus now.
"Warden Baggett, thank all of you so much. You have been so good
to me. I
love all of you very much. I will see you all when you get there.
wait for you."
She closed her eyes, and seemed to move her lips in silent prayer
looking at the ceiling.
The three drugs, sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium
chloride began to be injected at 6.37 p.m. Within two minutes,
witnesses heard Tucker give two deep sighs and then a groan. She
pronounced dead at 6.45pm (12.45am GMT), eight minutes later. Her
open and still staring at the ceiling.
Richard Thornton, the victimís husband, and her son, Bucky David,
step-daughter, Katheryn Thornton, 26, were among those who watched