OHIO LAST MEAL
October 13, 2004
...not exactly a picture of remorse, plus, pie, pie, pie...
Last Meal: Fried catfish, lasagna with meat sauce, garlic bread, sweet potato pie, pecan pie and pumpkin pie, all with whipped cream, as well as vanilla and chocolate ice cream.
With no hope in sight to ward off his death, Dennis joyfully munched on pie and ice cream as he watched Jerry Springer from Ohio's death house.
Last week, Dennis promised would be last meal would be``outrageous'' during a media interview. He refused any vegetables.
The skinny: Dennis was executed for committing murder during a $15 robbery.
More skinny: In the early morning hours, Dennis and a Leroy Anderson decided to go to a bar and "meet some chicks." Anderson spoke of "robbing somebody," and the pair armed themselves with weapons: Dennis with a sawed-off shotgun and Anderson with a .25 caliber handgun. The pair had a few drinks and walking from the bar unsuccessfully attempted to rob a man they encountered. Minutes later, the two confronted the 29 year old victim outside his home talking to a friend. When they demanded money, the friend inside the car slowly handed over his wallet with $15 in it. The victim, outside the car, searched through his pockets and told Dennis that he had no money with him. Dennis then pulled out the sawed-off shotgun and shot the man in the head at point-blank range. He died instantly.
From death row and in front the parole board: Dennis told an Ohio Parole Board member that he regretted the robbery brought so little cash and that he allowed any witnesses to survive.
Dennis had said the victim was partly to blame for failing to cooperate and notice that he was high on drugs. "I ain't saying it's all his fault, but why did he move? Every day I think about that. It ain't 'Why did you kill that man?' It's 'Why did you move?'"
''(The victim) had to know I was drunk. I know he could smell it on my breath, smell the weed lingering on my clothes,'' Dennis said.
Dennis' accomplice, Anderson, was 17 at the time of the crime and Ohio law prohibits the death penalty for those younger than 18. He is serving a life sentence.
Last words and such: "I'm in God's hands now. Everything's going to be just the way it was intended. I'll see everybody when they get there."
Factoids: Dennis was the...
50th murderer executed in U.S. in 2004
935th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
7th murderer executed in Ohio in 2004
15th murderer executed in Ohio since 1976
At age 28, Dennis was the youngest inmate put to death in Ohio since 1962.