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Michael Wayne Hall - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Tuesday 15 February 2011, 4:00
End : Tuesday 15 February 2011, 4:00

Michael Wayne Hall - Texas Death Row - Scheduled Execution for February 15, 2011

EXECUTED


Victims: Amy Robinson

The Crime: On 02/15/98, Hall and one co-defendant abducted a 19-year old Amy Robinson from a public street and drove her to a remote location. Hall and the co-defendant shot the victim several times with a pellet pistol and several times with a .22-caliber pistol. They were caught at the border when they were attempting to leave the state.
Co-defendants
Neville, Robert James Jr.


News: A man convicted in the 1998 torture-slaying of a 19-year-old mentally challenged woman apologized profusely Tuesday just minutes before he was executed, exactly 13 years after the murder.

Michael Wayne Hall, 31, received a lethal injection less than an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt his death for the abduction and murder of Amy Robinson. He was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m.

Robert Neville, the other man convicted in the murder, was executed five years ago.

“I would like to give my sincere apology to Amy’s family,” Hall said as he was strapped to the gurney. “We caused a lot of heartache, grief, pain and suffering, and I am sorry. I know it won’t bring her back.”

Speaking just above a whisper, his voice shaking and eyes watery, Hall said he wasn’t the same person and repeatedly asked for forgiveness. Relatives of his victim stood nearby, looking through a window.

“I am not crying for myself, I am crying for the lost and those that are dying for their sins,” he said. “I’ve been locked up 13 years. I am not locked up inside. All these years, I have been free. Christ has changed me. Here I am, a big strong youngster, crying like a baby. I am man enough to show my emotions, and I am sorry.

“I am sorry for everything. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.”

Nine minutes later, he was pronounced dead.

Hall’s lawyers argued that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty under a Supreme Court ruling that bars the execution of those with an IQ under 70.

“Mr. Hall’s history of mental retardation reaches back to his childhood,” attorney Bryce Benjet said earlier Tuesday.

Hall was 18 when, evidence showed, he and Neville, a 23-year-old paroled burglar, decided to abduct and kill Robinson, who worked at a Kroger store in Arlington. The men had been fired from jobs at the same supermarket.

Robinson had a genetic disorder called Turner’s syndrome, a rare chromosome condition found only in women and characterized by short stature and lack of sexual development at puberty. Prosecutors described her as mentally challenged and trusting.

Hall and Neville kidnapped Robinson and drove her about 12 miles to a remote area of Tarrant County, where Neville shot at her repeatedly with a crossbow but missed. They also shot her numerous times with a pellet gun and a .22-caliber rifle, prosecutors said.

Robinson’s sister Amanda refused to forgive Hall and said she attended the execution Tuesday night so her face would be the last one Hall saw.

“It was fake, he wasn’t sincere,” she said of Hall’s apology. “He was really scared. … I just don’t think he was remorseful.

“What about the pain he caused Amy?”

Another sister, Ruth, said: “They turned a bad day into a good day. I feel like a weight’s been lifted off my shoulder.”

By MICHAEL GRACZYK / The Associated Press

Last Meal: Fried, barbecued and baked chicken, along with pizza, brownies, sweet tea, milk and vanilla pudding.

Final Statement: First of all I would like to give my sincere apology to Amy's family. We caused a lot of heartache, grief, pain and suffering, and I am sorry. I know it won't bring her back. I would like to sing, I would like to sing for that person's dead. The old is gone. I am not the same person that I used to be, that person is dead. It's up to you if you would find it in your heart to forgive.

As for my family, I am sorry I let you down. I caused a lot of heartache, and I ask for your forgiveness. I am not crying for myself, I am crying for the lost and those that are dying for their sins, those that are committing suicide, those that don't know God and have never been set free. I've been locked up 13 years. I am not locked up inside, all of these years I have been free. Christ has changed me. Even though I have to die for my mistake, he paid for mine by wages I could never pay. Here I am a big strong youngster, crying like a baby. I am man enough to show my emotions and I am sorry. I am sorry for everything. I wish I could take it back, but I can't.


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