Without uttering any last words, Edwin Turner died by lethal injection today.
Turner was convicted of capital murder in the Dec. 12, 1995, shooting deaths of Eddie Brooks, a store clerk at Mims Turkey Village Truck Stop, and prison guard Everett Curry, who was pumping gas outside Mims Truck Stop.
He was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court had refused to halt the execution.
As he waited to learn whether he would be put to death, Turner did not comment on his crimes during a conversation with state Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps. At a meeting brief less than 2 hours before the scheduled 6 p.m. execution, Epps said Turner was still talkative, and "appears to be on the ball."
Epps said he asked Turner several questions about his crimes, and Turner would simply reply that he didn't want to comment on them.
Through the years, the commissioner said, he has spoken to Turner since they both have ties to the Delta area.
"I never sat down one on one and talked to him about it, that he's admitted his crimes," Epps said.
Turner becomes the 1st condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Mississippi and the 16th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1983.
Turner becomes the 3rd condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1280th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.
(sources: Clarion-Ledger & Rick Halperin)