U.S. Supreme Court Allows Execution of Jedidiah Murphy in Texas

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Execution of Jedidiah Murphy in Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court has given the green light for the execution of Jedidiah Murphy in Texas. Murphy was put to death on Tuesday night, coinciding with the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty. He was sentenced to die over two decades ago for the murder of 79-year-old Bertie Cunningham near Dallas in October 2000.

In his final statement, Murphy apologized to Cunningham’s family and quoted a Bible verse before expressing his well wishes. The execution by lethal injection began at 9:50 p.m. and Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. local time.

Murphy had a history of severe mental illness, including visual hallucinations and dissociative blackouts. He claimed that he kidnapped Cunningham during one of these blackouts and shot her accidentally. Prosecutors alleged that the shooting was intentional and used Murphy’s memory lapses as evidence against him.

Over the years, Murphy filed legal challenges to overturn his punishment and be removed from death row. Two recent issues before the courts involved his request for DNA testing and concerns about the state’s lethal injection drug supply following a fire at the Huntsville Unit earlier this year.

Despite a federal judge granting him a stay to consider the DNA testing issue, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the lower court rulings and vacated the stay. Murphy’s concerns about the state’s pentobarbital supplies were also turned down by the high court.

Texas has three more executions scheduled this year. While the state has historically carried out more executions than any other, California currently has the largest death row population in the nation.

 

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