Friday, January 28, 2005

January 25, 2005

...under the "diabolical" spell of his girlfriend...

Last Meal: Two Mushroom and Swiss Hamburgers, French Fries, a Vanilla Milkshake, a Chocolate Milkshake, and two soft drinks.

The skinny: Carr, 34, was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a teenager and beating him with a baseball bat as he pleaded for his life during a robbery in 1992.

More skinny: Carr, his girl friend, and the 17-year-old victim attended a party on the evening of the crimes, where they had been drinking alcohol and an hallucinogenic tea and smoking marijuana before the murder.

Carr and his gal discussed robbing the victim at the party. In the early hours of the following day, the girlfriend took the victim's car keys and talked him into letting her drive him home. She drove the victim, Carr, and two juveniles to a remote area in the victim's car, a Pontiac Grand Prix. During the ride, Carr showed one of the juveniles a large knife and whispered that he intended to kill the victim. When they stopped the car on a dirt road, and when the victim opened the trunk to look for more drugs, Carr grabbed the victim's hair, pulled his head back and slashed his throat and beat him in the head with a baseball bat. They dragged the victim's body to the roadside, leaving him to die from his injuries.

Carr and his girlfriend fled to Tennessee in the victim's car and were arrested following a high speed chase. After receiving medical treatment at a local hospital, they were placed in the back of a police car in which police had activated a hidden tape recorder. Their recorded conversation, in which Carr admitted killing the victim, was introduced into evidence at Carr's trial.

The jury was also authorized to find from the evidence that the knife used to stab the victim was discovered in the girlfriend's purse. She was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence with the possibility of parole.

Carr claimed to be under the "diabolical" spell of his girlfriend when he stabbed and beat the man to death.

Leading up...A court-appointed forensic psychologist who examined Carr said in an affidavit Friday that Carr was mentally ill when he committed the crime and had recently ingested ``massive quantities of hallucinogenic mushrooms.''

Last words and such: "Peace," Carr said before a sedative, lung-paralyzing drug and the poison potassium chloride were injected into his arms. Earlier, while still in a holding cell, he apologized for his crime and said it was time for justice to be done.

Factoids: About 16 anti-death penalty protesters gathered outside the prison.

Carr was the...

4th murderer executed in U.S. in 2005
948th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
1st murderer executed in Georgia in 2005
37th murderer executed in Georgia since 1976