Wednesday, February 18, 2004

February 17, 2004


Last Meal: Two foot-long chili-cheese hot-dogs, a large chocolate malt, a large vanilla malt and six pieces of extra crispy chicken -- two breasts, two thighs and two legs.

The skinny: Cleary, 38, was executed for the murder of Tulsa housekeeper.

The woman was working at a home in an upper-class in Tulsa when Cleary and an accomplice arrived. The two men had already knocked on at least two other doors, looking for a home to burglarize. But when the victim saw a gun fall from Chandler's coat, the men panicked and plans changed. Cleary, who was 25 years old at the time, led the woman around the house at gunpoint and finally shot her when she didn't have the combination to a basement safe. She was found later slumped in a chair. She had been shot five times in the face, neck and head.

The only items the homeowners determined missing were the victim's purse and a cane the family had purchased at the Smithsonian Institution.

The accomplice involved in the burglary was tried separately and sentenced to life in prison.

Last words and such: In his final moments, Cleary expressed his grief to the family of the woman he killed and his love for his family. "Again, I'd like to apologize to my victim's family, to tell them how sorry I am for the pain I've caused them," Cleary said in his final statement. "I hope that someday they can forgive me. "For my family, just thank you for loving me. Thank you and God bless you." As he finished speaking, Cleary turned left to look at his family. Several of the witnesses said, "I love you."

Factoids: Cleary was the....

13th murderer executed in U.S. in 2004
898th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
2nd murderer executed in Oklahoma in 2004
71st murderer executed in Oklahoma since 1976