Jimmy Ray Slaughter was Executed this Evening
After the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal for Jimmy Ray Slaughter on Thursday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal on Monday, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by Slaughter's attorneys for a stay of execution earlier today, Slaughter was executed by lethal injection at 6:19 p.m. today.
In his final statement Slaughter tilted his head so that he could smile at his three grown daughters, his fiance, and a death penalty opponent he befriended during his incaceration.
"It's OK," he told them. "I've been accused of murder and it's not true. It was a lie from the beginning. God knows it's true, my children who were with me know it's true and you people will know it's true someday. May God have mercy on your souls."
After his final statement, Slaughter exhaled deeply and closed his eyes. As the mixture entered his system, the color left his face. His mouth and eyes were slightly open when he was pronounced dead.