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Steve Henley - Tennessee Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Wednesday 4 February 2009, 22:00
End : Wednesday 4 February 2009, 22:00

Steve Henley - Tennessee Death Row - Scheduled Execution for February 4, 2009

Victims: Fred and Edna Stafford

The Crime: Henley was convicted of the murder of Fred and Edna Stafford, who were 64 and 67, at their rural farm house near Gainesboro in 1986. He was also convicted of setting fire to the couple’s home while Edna Stafford was still alive inside.

News: A man convicted of killing an elderly couple found dead in their burned-out farmhouse has been executed by lethal injection in Tennessee.

Correction officials say fifty-five-year-old Steve Henley was pronounced dead at 1:33 a.m. Wednesday.

Henley was sentenced to death for the 1985 murders of Fred and Edna Stafford, who lived near his Jackson County farm about 65 miles northeast of Nashville.

An autopsy concluded that the Staffords had been shot, and that Edna Stafford was still alive when the house was set on fire.

Henley had always maintained his innocence. The chief witness against him was a co-defendant who testified that Henley was drunk, high on drugs and angry over a debt he believed the Staffords owed his grandparents.

Last Meal: A seafood plate of shrimp, oysters, fried fish, onion rings and hush puppies

Final Statement: I'd like to say I hope this gives Fred and Edna's family some peace," Henley said in his last statement, referring to the couple he was convicted of killing. "From my experience in life it won't. The death of a family member never brings anything but pain."

"Stop that crying," Henley told his children as he playfully stuck out his tongue. "Y'all are a pitiful bunch."

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