MCALESTER, Okla. (CBS Houston) – Before his execution, a death row inmate used his last words to make a prediction about the 2012 presidential election.
According to the McAlester News-Capital, 56-year-old Garry Thomas Allen made comments about the presidential race between President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney just before his execution Tuesday night.
“Obama won two out of three counties. It’s going to be a very close race,” he was quoted as saying when asked for his last words by the Deputy Warden at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
His statement was followed by saying hello to his attorneys multiple times, as well as several unintelligible words about Obama and Jesus Christ.
“I hope that more realize Jesus is the son of God — the only son of God. Jesus is the one and only savior,” Allen said, before continuing to mumble incoherently.
He was reportedly declared dead at 6:10 p.m., after the doctor administering the lethal injection drugs began to do so at 6:07 p.m., as one of his attorney’s shed tears.
The execution was allegedly witnessed by two of Allen’s attorneys, several employees with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections – including director Justin Jones – and two media representatives.
Allen’s execution had been stayed multiple times, the paper learned, under the Oklahoma and United States Supreme Court’s law prohibiting the execution of insane or otherwise mentally incompetent inmates.
He was convicted of murdering his 24-year-old wife, Lawanna Gail Titsworth, in 1986 – just four days after she moved herself and their two young sons out of their shared home.
“Our beloved Gail — daughter, sister and mother of two young boys was taken from our family tragically and senselessly due to domestic violence. For over 25 years we have waited for justice to be served and for this sentence to be carried out,” Titsworth’s family said in a statement obtained by the News-Capital. “We are thankful to close the book on this chapter today, but we will never stop grieving the loss of Gail.”