Oklahoma carried out the second execution of 2014, last night in McAlester. It was the state's 109th post-Furman execution since 1990.
"Oklahoma executes Michael Lee Wilson for murder of convenience store worker," is the AP report, via the Enid News and Eagle.
A co-worker of a man beaten to death nearly two decades ago at the Tulsa convenience store where the two worked was executed by injection Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
Michael Lee Wilson, 38, orchestrated the brief but brutal assault on Richard Yost, who aspired to one day manage the store. Wilson, who was convicted of first-degree murder, was the third person executed for the Feb. 25, 1995, crime; the fourth defendant is serving a life term.
Within 20 seconds of the execution starting, Wilson’s final words were, “I feel my whole body burning.” He showed no physical signs of distress.
"Man is executed in fatal beating of QuikTrip clerk," is bby Ziva Branstetter of the Tulsa World.
The execution occurred at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, and Wilson was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m.
"I love everybody. Free is free," Wilson said in his last statement. "I am going home; I'm ready to go. I love you, world."
Wilson asked a correctional officer if his microphone was still active and then continued his statement.
"Love my daughters for me. I'm going to miss you always."
After a brief silence, Wilson said: "I feel my whole body burning."
It was the second execution by an American death penalty state in 2014; the 1,361st post-Furman execution since 1977.