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Khristian Oliver - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Friday 6 November 2009, 0:00
End : Friday 6 November 2009, 0:00

Khristian Oliver - Texas Death Row - Execution set for November 5, 2009


Victims: Joe Collins

The Crime: Oliver, 31, from Waco, was condemned for the slaying of Joe Collins, 64, during a March 1998 break-in at Collins' rural East Texas home. Three of Oliver's companions received prison terms ranging from five to 99 years.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas A man convicted of fatally beating and shooting an East Texas man during a burglary almost 12 years ago was executed Thursday, in a case that gained notoriety because jurors may have consulted a Bible to justify his death sentence.

Khristian Oliver, 32, was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m., eight minutes after lethal drugs began flowing into his arms. He was praying a Bible verse when he died.

"I know you're not going to get the closure you are looking for," he told his victim's children, who watched through a window a few feet from him. "I wish you the best."

He said he prayed for them "every day and every night" and offered them "only the warmest wishes."

Then after telling his parents, watching through an adjacent window, that he loved them, he began saying the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd."

He got through several verses before the drugs took effect.

"The good Lord was on our side this time," said Joe Collins Jr. after watching his father's killer die.

Oliver's lethal injection, the 20th this year in Texas, came after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal and Gov. Rick Perry refused to stop the punishment.

Oliver was condemned for the March 1998 slaying of 64-year-old Joe Collins who interrupted the break-in at his rural home outside Nacogdoches, about 140 miles southeast of Dallas.

"I felt is was more self-healing for him than for us," Joe Collins Jr. said. "He didn't admit to much. He wanted us to feel better ... but, you know, it's kind of hard. For 11 years, I've been without a dad.

"I looked at him. I didn't see no remorse in his eyes. To me, he had a much easier way of death than what my dad did. Too easy."

Last Meal: Fried chicken, a pint of chocolate ice cream and coffee

Final Statement:
Collins family, I know your not going to get the closure you are looking for tonight. I wish you the best. I prayed for ya'll every day and every night. I have only the warmest wishes. I am sorry for what you are having to go through. Mom, Pa, Kristy, Khristopher, Tony I love all ya'll. Thank you Mr. Whiteside.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He guides me down the right paths. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup over runneth.

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