HUNTSVILLE— Cary Kerr, 46, has been on Huntsville Prison death row since his 2003 conviction of sexually assaulting and strangling 34-year-old Pamela Norton. She was killed after he pushed her from a moving vehicle. He has always professed his innocence, even though the evidence showed otherwise.
The jury agreed with prosecutors and convicted him of the charges and decided the world would be a better place if Kerr was removed from it, agreeing he was a suitable candidate for the death penalty.
Yesterday was his date with the needle and aside from having a last meal that consisted of cheeseburger and fries, spaghetti and lasagna, pizza, fried mushrooms, tacos, pork ribs, fried and baked chicken, quiche, and ice cream, he was also the first recipient of Texas’ new drug combo used during lethal injections.
Sodium thiopental is one of the three drugs used in lethal injections and is no longer available. So now pentobarbital will be used in its place. This new mixture was administered to Kerr at 6:14 yesterday evening and by 6:19 he was pretty dead, proving the new drug combo works pretty well.
Kerr tried to have his execution delayed, stating his attorney’s had failed him during his appeal, but the U.S. Supreme Cour denied his request. Kerr’s last words were, “The state of Texas, I am an innocent man. Never trust a court-appointed attorney. I am ready, warden.” Then, right before the concoction was put into his body he took a deep breath. “Here we go,” he said. He took two more deep breaths, then slurred “Lord Jesus, Jesus,” before joining all the other Christians in Heaven.