Wednesday, June 21, 2006

June 6, 2006


Last Meal: Titsworth had a final meal request of beef fajitas with japalenos, rib eye steak with baked potato, beef enchiladas with cheese, six mountain dews.

The skinny: Titsworth, 34, was executed for the 1993 ax murder of his girlfriend in Amarillo.

More skinny: At the age of 20, Titsworth was convicted of car theft and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He spent two months in a "boot camp" and was released early.

Three months later, he shared a trailer with his girlfriend. According to a confession later given by Titsworth, he and the woman had argued, she went to sleep, and he went out to buy crack cocaine and a pill he believed was LSD. When he returned to the trailer, Titsworth got an axe from a closet and blacked out, although he said he did remember hitting his girlfriend four or five times. Her body was later discovered in the trailer with 16 axe wounds.

A friend of the woman testified at trial that the victim told her the day before she was killed that she intended to ask Titsworth to leave because she believed her boyfriend had been stealing from her. After the attack, Titsworth took her car along with items from the trailer home that he sold to buy more crack cocaine. Over the two days following the murder, Titsworth and other crack addicts returned to the home to take more items to sell.

Escape: While awaiting trial, Titsworth was among four inmates who escaped by crawling through ductwork. He was captured about 12 hours later.

His youth: His mother testified at his 1993 trial she was a bartender with a drinking problem, that her son began drinking beer about the age of 2 and that his father committed suicide when Titsworth was 6. Wyoming authorities took him and an older brother from her custody when Titsworth was 8 and placed the siblings in an orphanage for a year. He had his first run-in with the criminal justice system at 13, she said.

Last words and such: Strapped to the death chamber gurney, Titsworth offered a heart-felt apology to the family of his victim. “There are no words to describe the pain and suffering that you have gone through all these years. That is something that I cannot take back from you all. I hope that Megan, if she is here present today, know that today I hope you get peace and you. I am sorry that is has taken 14 years to get closure. If it would have brought closure or brought her back, I would have done this years ago, I promise, I promise. My family all knows the sincerity in my heart when I say these words to you. I didn’t mean to inflict the pain and suffering on your family. I pray that (Christine) is safe in Heaven.... If these words can ever touch your heart, I am sorry. I am truly sorry.” After saying, “I love you,” several times to his friends and family, Titsworth stared at the ceiling as the lethal chemicals entered his system. “Here we go,” he said, as he took his final breath.

Factoids: Titsworth was the...

22nd murderer executed in U.S. in 2006
1026th murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
11th murderer executed in Texas in 2006
366th murderer executed in Texas since 1976