Second Federal Execution This Week – The United States has executed Wesley Purkey in its second federal execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Purkey, 68, was executed via lethal injection on Thursday morning in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Supreme Court early Thursday denied appeals to stay Purkey’s execution, clearing the way for it to proceed.
Purkey, who was on death row at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, was convicted of the 1998 kidnapping and killing of 16-year-old Jennifer Long.
“I deeply regret the pain and suffering I caused to Jennifer’s family,” Purkey said before he was put to death, according to a pool report from The Associated Press. “I am deeply sorry. I deeply regret the pain I caused to my daughter, who I love so very much. This sanitized murder really does not serve no purpose whatsoever.”
Jennifer’s father, William Long, said that Purkey’s death had been “a long time coming.”
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Purkey’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.
“He needed to take his last breath — he took my daughter’s last breath. And there’s some resolve. There is no closure and there never will be because I won’t get my daughter back,” Long told the pool reporter.
BREAKING: The U.S. has carried out its second federal execution this week by killing Wesley Ira Purkey Thursday by lethal injection. He was convicted of killing of 16-year-old Jennifer Long and dismembering, burning and dumping her body in a septic pond – Fox News
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 16, 2020