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June 7, 2008

South Carolina conducts uneventful execution

As detailed in this brief AP story, "South Carolina man convicted of killing three social workers more than a decade ago has been executed after he asked to drop his appeals.  David Mark Hill was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. Friday in the state's death chamber in Columbia."  This local story provides a few more details:

Three people were murdered by David Mark Hill, back in September 1996. Three family members came Friday to witness the execution of the man who took their loved ones away. Hill's last request was to them...it was for forgiveness....

Friday, three members of the victims' families watched as a cocktail of lethal drugs was inserted into David Mark Hill's arm. Family members chose not to share their feelings, but other witnesses told the story:  Meg Kinnard, witness: "He had his eyes closed, he did not look over at us, or make any kind of gestures to any of us behind the glass."

It was his request to be put to death...12 years ago, his victims were shot to death.  Friday, Hill fell asleep...forever.  Kinnard: "No real reaction from anyone in the chamber, from the families, or anyone else."  Mike Gellatly, witness: "As dignified, I guess, as you would hope a situation like this would be."

June 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM | Permalink


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"Uneventful" except the state of S. Carolina took a man's life. I doubt that it was very healing for the victims families to watch. Now dead man's family gets to grieve and think about the taking of life. The message is not too subtle--its proper to kill a killer. The Governor could have spared the life. When the time comes for the Governor to go meet his maker St. Peter will, as usual, have a stand in. The question will be: What part of thou shalt not kill does thou not get?

Posted by: M.P.B. | Jun 8, 2008 11:49:10 AM


I didn't know you had the portfolio to speak for St. Peter, but you learn something new on this blog every day.

Since there are no exceptions in "thou shalt not kill," I take it that you are also against killing in self-defense and opposed our participation in World War II, in which we killed thousands (but helped save the world from the Nazi empire).

On the other hand, if you support those types of killing, " What part of thou shalt not kill does thou not get?"

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 8, 2008 1:28:59 PM

The world is a better place without david Mark Hill in it. The execution should have been about 12 years earlier.

Posted by: USMC | Jun 8, 2008 1:38:31 PM

Government should have taken actions against these criminal earlier. Court should not give slow judgement so that the criminals can run away. They should be punished atleast for the sake of the victims family.

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