CHILD murderer and rapist Keith Dwayne Nelson, 45, has been executed.
Nelson was put to death at Terre Haute federal prison, Indiana, at 4.32pm Saturday for the October 12 1999 rape and murder of Kansas 10-year-old Pamela Butler.
Pamela was rollerblading in front of her home after buying cookies in Kansas City when Nelson said he snatched her.
He raped and strangled her with a wire then buried her in a forest behind a Missouri church.
As he drove off, he made a rude gesture to Butler’s sister, who saw the attack and screamed.
According to WTHI-TV10, Nelson, who didn’t previously know Butler or her family, told a co-worker a month earlier he had seen a girl he planned to kidnap, torture, rape and kill because he expected to go back to prison anyway on other charges, prosecutors said.
He was sentenced to death in March 2002.
A DOJ statement published this week read: “More than two decades after viciously taking the life of Pamela Butler, causing untold devastation to those who loved her, Nelson finally faced the justice he deserved.
“Family members of Pamela Butler, including her mother, attended the execution and witnessed the implementation of the sentence for Nelson’s horrific crime.”
Nelson refused to give any last words to witnesses, nor turn his head to look at them.
As he was being strapped to the gurney, Nelson’s spiritual adviser, Sister Barbara Battista, was allowed to walk up and stand two feet from him and hear his last words, she told The Associated Press later.
She said: “He said he wanted me to tell his lawyers he didn’t have to wear an adult diaper during the execution. He was glad about that.
“He’d also told me (days) earlier he didn’t want to be forced to do that, that it was undignified.”
Battista, who stayed in the chamber as Nelson was put to death, standing farther away, said her interpretation of his silence during the public portion was that he was afraid if he said anything, he might then say something inappropriate.
During the execution, he showed no emotion or outward signs of pain or distress and was pronounced dead 9 minutes of the procedure began.
Pamela’s mom wore a T-shirt emblazoned with her daughter’s picture in the family witness room. Angel wings jutted out from behind Pamela’s image.
Inside the execution room with Nelson were individuals identified as a U.S. Marshal, two Bureau of Prisons officials, and spiritual advisor Sister Barbara Battista of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
The execution went ahead just hours after a higher court tossed a ruling that would require the government to get a prescription for phentobarbital, the controversial drug used in lethal injections.
Phentobarbital is a barbituate that depresses the central nervous system and, in high doses, eventually stops the heart.
The appeal followed the autopsy of Wesley Purkey, who suffered one of the “most excruciating feelings known to man” during his execution last month.
The federal government has defended the use of pentobarbital, disputing that Purkey’s autopsy proved he suffered.
They have also cited the Supreme Court ruling precedent that an execution method isn’t necessarily cruel and unusual just because it causes some pain.
Nelson is the fifth federal inmate to be executed by lethal injection after a 17-year moratorium, and the second in only a week after the only Native American on death row, Lezmond Mitchell was killed on Wednesday.
In July, inmates Dustin Honken, Wesley Purkey and Daniel Lewis Lee were the first 3 federal inmates to be executed in 17 years. All were convicted of killing children.
Opponents of capital punishment argue the Trump administration is rapidly executing federal death row inmates after the long hiatus in order to bolster President Trump’s re-election effort.
Two more are scheduled for September, according to Death Penalty News.
Next month, William Emmett LeCroy is slated to be executed September 22 for the rape and murder of a 30-year-old nurse in 2001.
Christopher Andre Vialva is also to be executed September 24 for the homicide of youth ministers Todd and Stacie Bagley in 1999.
All the executions by lethal pentobarbital injection have been carried out at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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