Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Daniel Lee Bedford: 'I love you!': Last words he said to his daughter as he is executed for double murder he doesn't remember - 17th May 2011

A double murderer shouted out 'I love you' to his daughter seconds before he was executed for a crime he says he can't remember committing.

Ohio man Daniel Lee Bedford, 63, confessed to shooting ex-girlfriend Gwen Toepfert, then 25, and John Smith, then 27, in 1984, but in later years claimed he couldn't recall the incident.

Bedford, wearing glasses and a short grey beard, declined to give a formal final statement but yelled 'I love you' to his adult daughter, Michelle Connor, who was in the witness room.

She shouted back, 'I love you, Daddy' after he had climbed onto a gurney.

He also called out to witness Kristi Schulenberg, a friend and pen pal he had kept in touch with since the mid-1990s.

She said she loved him, too.

'God bless you,' he said as the injection began. His mouth moved slightly and his chest appeared to rise and fall several times before he became still.

Bedford's attorneys had tried to block the lethal injection at the last minute arguing that the inmate had dementia and a mild mental disability.

They also said he was denied legal proceedings to which he was entitled.

But the U.S. Supreme Court refused the defence's request to block the execution early this morning.

Prison staff had appeared to have some difficulty inserting the IVs into one of Bedford's arm, prompting an attorney witnessing the execution to call a colleague with concerns about how many times Bedford's arm had been poked.

She also shouted to Bedford through the glass viewing window and asked if there were problems.

He replied that he'd been poked several times.

Bedford is the fourth Ohio inmate put to death this year. Read More