Tuesday, February 07, 2006

February 7, 2006

..."That won't get you into heaven, ace"....

Last Meal: Benner had a final meal request of four bacon cheeseburgers on toasted buns, with green peppers, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise; a baked potato with butter and sour cream; french fries; onion rings; macaroni and cheese; chef salad with creamy Italian dressing; blueberry pie with chocolate ice cream; iced tea; and a Coke.

The skinny: Benner was executed for the raping and killing of two women 20 years ago.

More skinny: On Jan. 1, 1986, Benner kidnapped, raped and strangled the 21-year-old woman, leaving her body in the trunk of her burning car on I-76. It was discovered by her brother and parents who were searching for her. "

Benner also was convicted and sentenced to death for the Aug. 6, 1985, kidnapping, rape and murder of a 26-year old woman, whom he met at a George Thorogood concert. Her decomposing body was found a week later in a wooded area near the concert center.

He also was convicted for raping and choking two other woman before he was captured.

Benner admitted committing horrific crimes while under the influence of drugs.

Leading up to:
For the first time ever, prison officials allowed a face-to-face meeting in the Death House between the condemned man and a family member of a victim. Benner talked for about 15 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. with Rodney Bowser, a brother of one of the victims.

Prisons spokesman Andrea Dean described the cell-front meeting as calm. She said Bowser, who was a childhood friend of Benner, "had some personal questions he wanted answered and the inmate answered.

Benner had refused to ask for his life to be spared because he said the process does not consider whether a person changes in prison.

Last words and such: In a final statement while strapped to the lethal injection table, Benner addressed the victim's famlies. "I just need you to give me two seconds. I have been going over and over in my head trying to think of the words I can say to you that would ease the unimaginable pain that you have been going through for 20 years because of my actions. I'm sorry. Trina and Cynthia were beautiful girls who dind't deserve what I did to them. They are in a better place. Words seem so futile. All I can say is I'm sorry. May God give you peace."

"That won't get you into heaven, ace," said Timothy Bowser, a brother of one of victims who was a witness.

Factoids: Benner was the....

6th murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1010th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
1st murderer executed in Ohio in 2006
20th murderer executed in Ohio since 1976