Oklahoma executes man convicted of murdering his uncle
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma put to death on Tuesday a man convicted of murder whose execution date was put off several times, once by a debate over the drugs to be administered in the lethal injection.
Jeffrey David Matthews, 38, was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m. Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said.
Matthews last words included: «I think that the governors phone is broke. He aint called yet.»
Matthews was convicted of murdering Otis Earl Short, 77, his great uncle, during a robbery of the elderly mans home, according to court records. Matthews and an accomplice broke into the mans home, cut his wifes throat, and shot Short in the back of the head, according to the account. They stole $500, a pickup and a .32 caliber pistol, according to the records. The mans wife survived.
Matthews execution was stayed several times, once because the state of Oklahoma changed the drug used as a sedative during execution because of a shortage of the drug usually used. The new drug was administered on Matthews, Massie said.
His last meal was a deep dish meat lovers pizza, deep fried jumbo shrimp and two hush puppies with vinegar sauce, Massie said.
Matthews execution was the second in Oklahoma and the United States this year. The number of U.S. executions fell 12 percent last year, the Death Penalty Information Center.
…Attorney James T. Rowan unfurls a banner against the death penalty outside the governors mansion in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Billy Don Alverson, 39, has been executed, Thursday, for the death of a Tulsa convenience store worker found brutally beaten with a baseball bat almost 16 years ago.