Thursday, February 17, 2005

February 17, 2005

...a tattoo on his left arm that spelled out in big letters: "MOM." ...

Last Meal: Bagwell requested a beef steak, medium rare with A1 Sauce, three fried chicken breast, three fried chicken thighs, BBQ ribs, a large order of french fries, a large order of onion rings, a pound of fried bacon, a dozen scrambled eggs with onions, fried tatters with onions, sliced tomatoes, a salad with ranch dressing, two hamburgers with everything, peach pie or cobbler, ketchup, salt and pepper, milk and coffee, ice tea with real sugar.

The skinny: Bagwell, 41, was executed for the slayings of his mother and three others in a bloody spree almost 10 years ago near San Antonio. The killing was in a dispute over money. According to testimony, Bagwell asked his mother for money and became enraged when she only gave him $20. The massacre ensued.

Bagwell died having never admitted guilt.

Bagwell denied involvement in the massacre of his mother, her niece, the niece's daughter, and granddaughter of his mothers common-law husband. All were slain at a mobile home in a rural area.

Prosecutors described Bagwell at his trial as a "natural-born killer." The former meat salesman was on parole at the time of the quadruple slayings, serving 13 years of an 18-year sentence for attempted capital murder for slitting the throat of an illegal immigrant.

Bagwell also was convicted of another slaying that occurred two weeks before the killings. In that case, he received a life prison term for stomping to death a janitor at a bar.

Last words and such: Bagwell spoke few last words from the death chamber, saying only, "I love you all," to his few friends who witnessed his execution.

Factoids: Bagwell was the....
5th murderer executed in U.S. in 2005
949th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
3rd murderer executed in Texas in 2005
339th murderer executed in Texas since 1976
At least 10 other Texas inmates have execution dates over the next three months.

Bagwell's collection of tattoos included one on his left arm that spelled out in big letters: "MOM."