A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method used his final words to curse the state, before being put to death on Thursday night.
As the procedure began, Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, raised both of his middle fingers in a show of defiance, and speaking directly to his family watching on, said: ‘Mom, sis, look at my eyes. I’m unafraid. To the state of Alabama, I hate you motherf******. I hate you. I hate you,’ before succumbing to his fate.
The killer is reported to have raised his right arm and grimaced around 20 minutes before being declared dead, moments after a corrections officer had performed a consciousness check on him.
His family members and attorneys who witnessed the execution which lasted around 35 minutes expressed repeated concerns to each other that he was still conscious during the lethal injection.
‘He’s going to wake up,’ one of McNabb’s family members whispered. A third consciousness check on his indicated he was no longer breathing.
The offender’s attorneys had unsuccessfully sought to stop the execution since he is one of several inmates in an ongoing lawsuit challenging the humaneness of the state’s lethal injection procedure.
McNabb was convicted of killing Montgomery police officer Anderson Gordon in 1997.
He shot Gordon five times as the officer sat in his patrol car after arriving at a traffic accident McNabb caused while fleeing a bail bondsman, prosecutors said.
Gordon’s relatives said in a statement that the 30-year-old officer – known as ‘Brother’ – was devoted to his family, his two children and his work as a police officer.
‘Over 20 years ago, we lost a companion, a father, a brother and friend who only wanted to make a difference in his community,’ the statement read.
‘Although, the wounds of having a family member murdered can never be healed, through this tragedy, the Gordon family has remained strong and will continue to be resilient.’
The inmates in the lawsuit have argued that the sedative midazolam does not reliably render a person unconscious before subsequent drugs stop their lungs and heart. They point to an execution last December during which an Alabama inmate coughed and heaved for the first 13 minutes of the procedure.
McNabb appeared to be breathing for the first 20 minutes of the 35-minute long procedure. He later appeared to move his head, grimace and raise his arms after two consciousness checks in which a guard pinches his arm, says his name and pulls back his eyelid – before eventually becoming still.
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Source: Daily Mail