Inmate's Execution Joke: "I'm Not Patrick Bryan Knight"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The state put an Amarillo-area man to death Tuesday night for the 1991 abductions and fatal shootings of his next-door neighbors.

Patrick Knight died for the deaths of Walter and Mary Ann Werner.

Knight had promised a joke in his final statement. Instead, he thanked God for his friends and asked help for innocent men on death row. He expressed love to some friends.

In his final words were: "I said I was going to tell a joke. Death has set me free; that's the biggest joke. I deserve this."

He concluded, "And the other joke is that I am not Patrick Bryan Knight and y'all can't stop this execution now. Go ahead, I'm finished."

Prison spokeswoman Michelle Lyons disputed Knight's mistaken identity claim. In her words: "We fingerprint them when they come over."

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