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Washington state executes 1st prisoner since 2001

 Rusty Nelson, of Spokane, Wash., speaks out during a gathering of protestors who oppose the dealth penalty outside the Washington State Penitentiary,...
 A small group of protestors who oppose the death penalty gather inside a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, ...
 A group of four protestors who oppose the death penalty walk into a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, Sept....
 A small group of protestors who oppose the death penalty are interviewed as they stand inside a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State P...
 Nancy Nelson, of Spokane, Wash., who opposes the death penalty, protests in a fenced protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday...
 Shar Lichty holds a sign that reads "Just say 'no' to state killing," as she stands during a gathering of protestors who oppose the dealth penalty ou...
 A small group of protestors who oppose the death penalty gather inside a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, ...
 Nancy Nelson, right, and Mary Pat Treuthart, left, both of Spokane, Wash., protest in a fenced protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary...
 Three people stand inside a fenced area reserved for protestors who support the death penalty, outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, S...
 Mimi Pysno, a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., stands in a light rain as she takes part in a candle light vigil outside the Washingt...
 Armed Dept. of Corrections police officers stand watch near a fenced area for death penalty protestors outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thu...

Washington Execution

Rusty Nelson, of Spokane, Wash., speaks out during a gathering of protestors who oppose the dealth penalty outside the Washington State Penitentiary,...

Washington Execution

A small group of protestors who oppose the death penalty gather inside a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, ...

Washington Execution

A group of four protestors who oppose the death penalty walk into a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, Sept....

Washington Execution

A small group of protestors who oppose the death penalty are interviewed as they stand inside a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State P...

Washington Execution

Nancy Nelson, of Spokane, Wash., who opposes the death penalty, protests in a fenced protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday...

Washington Execution

Shar Lichty holds a sign that reads "Just say 'no' to state killing," as she stands during a gathering of protestors who oppose the dealth penalty ou...

Washington Execution

A small group of protestors who oppose the death penalty gather inside a fenced-in protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, ...

Washington Execution

Nancy Nelson, right, and Mary Pat Treuthart, left, both of Spokane, Wash., protest in a fenced protest area outside the Washington State Penitentiary...

Washington Execution

Three people stand inside a fenced area reserved for protestors who support the death penalty, outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thursday, S...

Washington Execution

Mimi Pysno, a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., stands in a light rain as she takes part in a candle light vigil outside the Washingt...

Washington Execution

Armed Dept. of Corrections police officers stand watch near a fenced area for death penalty protestors outside the Washington State Penitentiary, Thu...

Washington state executed its first prisoner in nine years early Friday, killing by lethal injection a 16-year death row inmate who raped, tortured and murdered a woman in the Seattle area.
Cal Coburn Brown, 52, died at 12:56 a.m. PDT (1956 GMT), after a four-member team injected a lethal one-drug cocktail in the execution chamber of the Washington State Penitentiary as the father, brother and two sisters of his victim watched.
Brown carjacked Holly Washa, 21, in 1991 near Seattle's Sea-Tac airport, robbing, raping and torturing her over a 36-hour period, and then strangling and stabbing her.
Brown protested sentencing disparities, saying that criminals who had killed many more people were serving life sentences while he received a death sentence.
"I only killed one victim," he said. "I cannot really see that there is true justice. Hopefully, sometime in the future that gets straightened out."
Brown had argued that his mental illness was not adequately considered during his sentencing and that it should bar his execution. According to court records, he suffered from bipolar disorder.
Brown did not apologize to the family of the victim, but said he understood their anger at him. He said he forgave that hatred, held no enmity toward them and hoped the execution would give them closure. He also said the prison staff had been most professional and that he had no complaints about his treatment there in 17 years.
After his comments, Brown, who was lying on his back strapped to a gurney, looked up at the tubes sticking out of the wall and connected to his body. When the drug was administered, his chest heaved three times and his lips shuddered, then there was no movement.
Brown's attorney and members of his family were not present at the execution, though he spoke with them by phone on Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court, an appeals court, and the state Supreme Court on Thursday all rejected efforts to stay the execution. Gov. Chris Gregoire rejected his plea for clemency on Wednesday.
Brown confessed to killing Washa during an interrogation in California for an alleged assault on a woman there. He later led authorities to Washa's battered body, which was inside the trunk of a car.
Brown, who is from San Jose, California, had a history of violence against women, including a 1977 conviction in California for assaulting a woman with a knife at a shopping center. He also served 7 1/2 years _ the minimum sentence _ for assaulting another woman in Oregon in 1984.


Updated : 2021-06-23 20:47 GMT+08:00