HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Condemned killer Eric Nenno was the last person 7-year-old Nicole Benton saw when she was abducted, strangled and raped more than 13 years ago.
Her father was among the last people Nenno could have seen Tuesday night when the Texas inmate was executed for killing her and hiding her body in the attic of his home.
Nenno, however, refused to look at Buddy Benton, who stood close to the death chamber window that separated him from his daughter's killer. Nenno also ignored the child's uncle, Donald Benton, and the girl's grandfather, C.J. Bowles, who walked up to the glass to see Nenno, then turned around and stood at the back of the witness area.
Nenno declined to make a final statement from the death chamber gurney.
"No, warden," was his only response when asked by the warden if he had anything to say.
Eight minutes later, he was pronounced dead.
Nenno, a former plumbing supply salesman who lived in the Bentons' neighborhood in Hockley, about 35 miles northwest of Houston, had lured the girl into his home by telling her he needed to get his guitar so he could join a birthday celebration for her father, who played in a band. But once inside, he attacked her, strangled her to keep her quiet, then raped her at least twice after she was dead.
He confessed two days after her disappearance, then led officers to her body. Source.
Justice was Served.