Tennessee Inmate Put to Death by Electric Chair

Nashville (WVLT) - A Gulf War veteran has become the first Tennessee inmate to be put to death by the electric chair since 1960.

Officials pronounced Daryl Holton, 45, dead at 2:25 a.m. Eastern Time at the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville.

Witnesses said Holton appeared almost sedated as the execution began.

When asked if he had any final words, he said "Two words, I do."

Holton had confessed to shooting his three young sons and their half sister in 1997 in Shelbyville.

He told police he killed them because his ex-wife wouldn't let him see them.

A representative with the State Attorney General's office read a statement from the children's mother, Crystal Holton, after the execution.

"Today, all the anger, hatred, and a long time of nightmares can finally leave me. It will be replaced by all the sweet innocent and wonderess love that only a child can give. I am blessed that I had and always will have that love, times four," Lisa Helton read.

The Tennessee State Supreme court rejected a last minute petition by a group of lawyers trying to get a stay of execution.

Holton choose the electric chair over the state preferred method of lethal injection.

But the lawyers claimed the method should be declared unconstitutional because it's cruel and unusual punishment.

Holton's attorney spoke after the execution.

"This morning, Daryl Holton is free from the demons that haunted him," said attorney David Raybin. "I think what is important for him, as a man, was the way he lived and served his country and not the way he died."

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  • by alicia04 Location: east TN on Sep 15, 2007 at 03:23 PM
    All child murderers and child molesters deserve the death penalty.
  • by sue Location: lake city on Sep 13, 2007 at 10:31 PM
    yeah we need more people execution especially the ones that got life without parole or 99 years i got two cousins in prison for murder one on death row maybe if we get the 99 years and without parole we could put the drug dealers and meth lab people in prison and clean them out instead letting children being on the street trying it
  • by Kim Location: Maryville on Sep 12, 2007 at 01:29 PM
    Next..! Stop wasting my tax dollars on inmates serving consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole! I agree that people truly change, and deserve second chances. But those wasting space in prisons who used up their 2nd,3rd,etc. chances are taking up space for those who want to making that change. Mentally ill? Then take up space in an institution. Look into the eyes of your children, your wife/husband, grandparents. What if you couldn't hug them or tell them you love them because some addict needed a fix, or some Godless waste on society couldn't "control their urges." Grant it, there are days when we can understand why some animals eat their young, but overall, what would life be without them. One thing I like about Texas, they believe in the death penalty..and use it! Some inmates are in the express lane! Rape or murder a child or the elderly,or a loved one!? Stop wasting my tax dollars, buzz'em and get on with it. There are rehabilitatable prisoners who need those cells!
  • by Sarah Location: Morristown on Sep 12, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    If the anti-death penalty campaigners were to have one of their loved ones murdered, I believe they would change their minds about the state using it as a means of punishment. It is my firm belief that if you take someone's life maliciously and intentionally, your life should be taken as well. The problem with society is that we have become too soft. We feel sorry for the criminals, but what about the victims? Where is our sympathy for them? We forget all the pain their families went through and the grief they suffered losing a loved one to an evil crime of rage and thoughtlessness. My opinion is that lethal injection is too good for murderers. Let them meet the same fate as their victims. If they shot their victims, so too should they be shot. If the state would get tougher on crime, it would act as a deterrance to future criminals. Justice was served this morning in Tennessee.
  • by Timbo Location: Blaine, TN on Sep 12, 2007 at 10:00 AM
    Good Riddons! to the selfish sob! If his life was so bad because he couldn't see his children, then he should've just shot himself and left those poor innocent children alone!
  • by Megan Location: NC on Sep 12, 2007 at 03:04 AM
    Anti death penalty campaigners never turn a thought to the victims of murder nor to their grieving survivors. When they pretend to express compassion for the latter they're simply lying, and this was only too sickeningly apparent in the case of Robert Coe. For the snottynosed do-gooders it's all about mollycoddling society's worst dregs. All they have for the true victims is their trademark arrogant sneer. In their perverted sense of "justice" they'd like nothing more than to see America emulate Canada and impose a maximum sentence of 25 years upon even the most violent offenders. Certain crimes are so henious that only the death sentence is as appropriate sanction for society to set against the criminal, and the crimes of Daryl Holton rise to that standard in every conceivable way. The likes of "sister" Helen Prejean will Boo-Hoo-Hoo over this killer, but those still possessing an iota of common sense know instinctively that justice was served tonight.


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