Clarence Ray Allen, the oldest man on California’s death row, was executed by lethal injection at 12:19 A.M. this morning and pronounced dead at 12:38 A.M.
Allen had just turned 76 yesterday and was blind, deaf, and confined to a wheelchair.
In a briefing after the execution, prison warden Steven Ornoski read Allen’s final statement. "My last words will be ‘Hoka Hey it’s a good day to die,’" the statement read in part. "Thank you very much I love you all. Good-bye."
Allen was sentenced to death in 1982, after his conviction for arranging a triple murder. He orchestrated the 1980 murders from Folsom State Prison, where he was serving a life sentence for the 1974 slaying of his son’s girlfriend, Mary Sue Kitts. He murdered Kitts to prevent her from testifying in a burglary case against him.
Michael Morales is the next in line with his execution scheduled for February 21, 2006.
I said it before and I will say it again, executions are state sanctioned murders and no matter how many people we execute we will never ever bring back the people that were killed. It’s senseless, barbaric and inhumane. We don’t rape rapists and we don’t burn down the homes of arsonists. So then, why do we kill some killers, and I say some because all killers aren’t given the death penalty.
Let’s eradicate the death penalty today.