Tuesday, April 29, 2003

April 29, 2003

Not Flounder and Pinto here...

Last Meal: Monday, Brewer ordered a special meal of deep-fried chicken, baked potato with butter, macaroni and cheese, corn, dinner rolls, a slice of apple pie and root beer. His unspecial last meal was Tuesday at 6 a.m., when he had Rice Krispies and water for breakfast.

The skinny: Brewer, a former college football player, was executed for killing a friend's wife. Brewer kidnapped and killed and stuffed the victim in the trunk of his car, then strangled and stabbed her when she tried to get away. The victim was the bride of Brewer's college fraternity brother. During her captivity, the victim wrote "Help Me Please" in lipstick on a piece of paper and pushed it outside the trunk, where it was seen by other motorists. They called police with the car's license number; police traced the car to Brewer.

Last Words and such: Brewer walked briskly into the death chamber and lay on the table. He wore a white V-neck T-shirt, blue pants with orange stripes and tan boots. Brewer said in his last statement "I'd like to say to the system in Ohio as far as the death row inmates are concerned, there are some that are innocent. I'm not one of them, but there are plenty that are innocent. I hope the state recognizes that. That's all I have to say."

The victim's husband, witnessing Brewer's execution, said softly: "Where's your remorse?"

Process Notes: Brewer's execution was delayed about ten minutes because the execution team had trouble fitting the shunts that would carry the chemicals to his veins into his arm.

Factoids: Brewer was the first man from the Dayton area to be executed by the state of Ohio in almost 63 years.

Brewer was Ohio’s seventh executed inmate since 1999.