COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Alabama man who broke out of jail 16 years ago and fatally shot a police officer and another man in the midst of a crime spree was executed by lethal injection Friday in South Carolina's death chamber.Ivey will be a threat to no one else.
Thomas Treshawn Ivey, 34, of Union Springs, Ala., was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. He was put to death for killing Tommy Harrison, a 38-year-old Orangeburg police sergeant.
Ivey, whose bid for a stay was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court about an hour before he was put to death, made no final statement. He kept his eyes trained on the ceiling as the drugs were administered, blinking several times but never looking to his left, where several witnesses looked on. A few moments later he closed his eyes, exhaled several times and did not move again.
Earlier in the day, prison officials say Ivey used the blade from a disposable razor to cut himself on the neck. The wounds were not considered serious, and officials kept him strapped in a chair until he was brought to the death chamber.
There, authorities say the pair kidnapped businessman Robert Montgomery, who was working downtown with his janitorial service. Ivey and Neuman drove Montgomery to rural Orangeburg County. Neuman later testified that while there, Ivey shot Montgomery in the head and chest, leaving his body to be discovered by hunters.
Two days later, the pair visited a mall in Orangeburg, where a clerk accused them of trying to pass a stolen check. Harrison responded to the call but let Ivey go when he realized Neuman was trying to use the check.
Ivey told police a handgun in his pocket fired accidentally as he walked away, and the bullet ricocheted off the floor, hitting Harrison in the leg. Ivey said he then panicked, shooting the officer five more times, according to court records.
Montgomery's parents, Marion and Jackie Montgomery, witnessed Ivey's execution but did not speak to reporters afterward.
Ivey is the 42nd person executed in South Carolina since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 and the 283rd in the state's history. SOURCE
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Thomas Treshawn Ivey Executed
It took sixteen years for this murderer to get what he was due.
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