HUNTSVILLE — A man convicted in the 1998 torture-slaying of a 19-year-old mentally challenged woman apologized profusely Tuesday just minutes before he was executed, exactly 13 years after the murder.
Michael Wayne Hall, 31, received a lethal injection less than an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt his death for the abduction and murder of Amy Robinson. He was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.
Robert Neville, the other man convicted in the murder, was executed five years ago.
“I would like to give my sincere apology to Amy’s family,” Hall said as he was strapped to the gurney. “We caused a lot of heartache, grief, pain and suffering, and I am sorry. I know it won’t bring her back.”
Speaking just above a whisper, his voice shaking and eyes watery, Hall said he wasn’t the same person and repeatedly asked for forgiveness. Relatives of his victim stood nearby, looking through a window.
“I am not crying for myself, I am crying for the lost and those that are dying for their sins,” he said. “I’ve been locked up 13 years. I am not locked up inside. All these years, I have been free. Christ has changed me. Here I am, a big strong youngster, crying like a baby. I am man enough to show my emotions, and I am sorry.
“I am sorry for everything. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.”
Nine minutes later, he was pronounced dead. Source
It sounds like he really did not want to die much like his victim.