Convicted killer Karl Eugene Chamberlain was remorseful before being executed Wednesday over the 1991 rape and slaying of a neighbor in Dallas.
Chamberlain was the first condemned Texas prisoner put to death
in nearly nine months.
Executions were put on hold last September as the U.S. Supreme
Court considered challenges to lethal injection. The high court in April cleared the way for lethal injections to resume.
A jury deliberated just seven minutes in 1997 before convicting Chamberlain of fatally shooting Felecia Prechtl.
Chamberlain smiled as he addressed relatives of his victims.
"I want you all to know I love you with all my heart. I want to
thank you for being here," he said.
"We are here to honor the life of Felicia Prechtl, a woman I
didn't even know, and celebrate my death. I am so terribly sorry. I
wish I could die more than once."
Chamberlain said he understood if his victim's relatives would
like to hurt him more, but he wanted them to know it was his
memories of her and her life that contributed to his remorse.
"I love you. God have mercy on us all," he said as the drugs
began taking effect.
With a smile still on his face, he blurted out "please do not
hate anybody because...."
Chamberlain was unable to finish as he slipped into unconsciousness.