HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man convicted of fatally beating and shooting an East Texas man during a burglary almost 12 years ago was executed Thursday, in a case that gained notoriety because jurors consulted a Bible to justify his death sentence.
Khristian Oliver, 32, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 6:18 p.m.
He told his victim's children, who watched through a window a few feet away, that he wished them the best. After telling his parents, watching through an adjacent window, that he loved them, he started reciting the 23rd Psalm, getting through several verses before the drugs took effect.
Oliver was condemned for the March 1998 slaying of 64-year-old Joe Collins who interrupted the break-in at his rural home outside Nacogdoches, about 140 miles southeast of Dallas.
A witness to the attack on Collins, in which the then-20-year-old Oliver beat and shot him with a rifle, compared it to someone getting bashed with an ax or a golf club. Source al-AP
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Khristian Oliver Executed
Texas serves up some justice tonight.
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