Danny Paul Bible was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday, after the authorities ignored his plea to be killed by a firing squad or nitrogen gas.
A Texas prisoner named the “ice pick killer” is now “burning in hell for eternity,” a relative of one of his victims says, after he was put to death Wednesday night by lethal injection — with officials of ignoring his unusual request to be executed by a firing squad or nitrogen gas.
Danny Paul Bible, was killed Wednesday evening after the failed appeal, argued his health problems, it was probably his execution would be botched and for him unconstitutional pain. The 66-year-old was responsible for four murders and at least nine rapes during his life, and prior to the injection, his lawyers asked for the alternative approach – both illegal in the state of Texas.
“Danny Paul Bible is disgusting and evil, a person who has ever drawn breath,” Larry Lance, whose sister, Pam Hudgins, was the Bible of the victims, told the Associated Press. “We are happy that We witnessed him draw his last breath. I know that he will burn in hell for eternity.”
Asked by the warden Wednesday he had a final statement, the Bible said, “No, sir.”
Bible shaking his head a bit as he was administered the lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital.
As the drug began to enter, the Bible began to take quick breaths, and whispered at one point he felt a burning feeling, and complaining of the execution” hurt.” His breath was finally snoring, and after about a minute after the procedure began, all movement stopped.
Bible had stared intently to the survivors of two of his victims who watched through a window a few feet from him, but never said anything. The execution was the seventh this year in Texas, the most active death penalty state.
Bible the debt was not disputed, but his lawyers had suggested he be rolled up in his wheelchair in front of a firing squad or be administered nitrogen gas to cut off oxygen to the brain, until he stopped breathing. Lawyers argued his health is deteriorating left his veins unsuitable for IVs to be placed, and had said Parkinson’s disease was under his various ailments.
“His unique and serious medical conditions render lethal injection is an unacceptable cruel method of execution as applied to him,” attorney Nadia Wood told a high court. His civil rights requirements “, may not be excluded, simply because Texas has not authorized a different mode of execution.”
Bible appeal went to the Supreme court after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused his lawsuit seeking a stay of execution, a restraining order and an injunction. Assistant Texas Attorney General, Stephen Hoffman said in a court filing the lawsuit was “a meritless tactic” to delay his “well-deserved execution.”
The bible was a drifter with a record of violence in several states when he was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida, in 1999 for a rape in Louisiana. He told detectives in Louisiana on four Texas murders — including the death of a 4-month-old boy — and at least nine rapes, including five in San Jacinto County, northeast of Houston.
The four dead victims were 20-year-old Inez Deaton, a friend of the Bible nephew, who was found on the banks of a Houston bayou in 1979. Researchers determined that they had been raped and fatal with an ice pick. The murder went unsolved for decades before the Bible connected with the case, and a jury ruled in 2003 that the man who was known in Houston as “the ice pick killer” must die for the death.
The three other murders all took place in Northern Texas on the same day in May 1983. The victims were Bible sister-in-law, Tracy Powers, her 4-month-old son, Justin; and Powers’ roommate, Hudgins.
Bible pleaded guilty to Hudgins’ death and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He served seven and was released to Montana in 1992 on a form of parole known as mandatory supervision.
During his trial for Deaton of the dead in Texas, Harris County prosecutors presented evidence of robbery, thefts, assaults, and kidnappings, including the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Montana and his confessions repeated sexual assault of young girls between 1996 and 1998.
“Some criminals’ actions are so heinous, they deserve the label ‘worst of the worst,'” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.