A man found guilty of killing a college student more than 40 years ago in Arizona was executed in the state on Wednesday. the first execution since 2014.
Clarence Dixon, 66, was charged with felony criminal mischief for plotting to assassinate Dixon. His lawyers said Dixon was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, had hallucinations, was blind and ill.
But in Phoenix on Tuesday, a federal judge upheld a state court ruling that Dixon had jurisdiction, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a moratorium on his execution at the last minute.
Dixon died of a lethal injection at Florence State Prison, the Arizona Penitentiary has confirmed. Officials say his last meal was Kentucky fried chicken, strawberry ice cream and bottled water.
In his latest statement, Dixon condemned the Arizona Supreme Court for rejecting his appeals, said he would always plead not guilty, and appealed to the victim, Dina Boudou.
“Maybe I’ll see you on the other side, Dina.” “I do not know you, I do not remember,” Dixon said in his last words, according to a media representative.
It took 11 minutes to take the drug, he was pronounced dead at 10:30 local time. Another media outlet said he inhaled the injected drugs but did not move.
A few days before Dixon’s death, the method of lethal injection was questioned by his lawyers, who said that the sedative dose of sodium pentobarbital mixed with sodium had expired in February and that its use would violate Arizona executions.
State attorneys denied that the drug had deteriorated, but suggested that a new batch be mixed and tested for strength.
Arizona stopped using the death penalty in 2014 The execution of Joseph Wood He was questioned when officials and eyewitnesses said his death took two hours, most of which he was breathing and snoring.
The state executed Wood with a combination of two drugs he had never used before.
The incident prompted officials to reconsider state executions. But after a long cessation of executions, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich informs the state Supreme Court In April 2021, he will demand the death sentence in the Dixon case, as in the Dixon case. Convicted murderer Frank Atwoodwho is going to die in June.
Who is Brnovich? has been nominated for the US Senate seat As a Republican, he said he wanted to “ensure” that the 21 Arizona death row inmates whose appeals had expired would be executed by the end of his term in office in 2023.
“We are talking about the administration of justice, to ensure that the last word still belongs to the innocent victims, who can no longer speak for themselves,” Brnovich said. in tweets last year.
Dixon was sentenced to death in 2008 for killing 21-year-old Arizona State University student Bowdoin. He was raped, strangled and stabbed in his Tempe apartment in 1978, prosecutors said. The DNA test eventually linked Dixon to Bowdoin’s death.
“The last forty-four years of surviving Dinah’s brutal murder, like the trial, the appellate trial, have not been terrible for our family,” said her sister, Leslie James. Announcement in April Received by The Arizona Republic. “As victims, the Arizona Constitution guarantees a speedy, final conclusion on this issue. “Nothing about my experience in this case or in the criminal justice system has happened quickly.”
Dixon was executed by his tribe, the Navajo people wrote in the letter Brnovich said last year that “the death penalty eliminates the possibility of restoring harmony, while life imprisonment allows restoring harmony and finding balance in our world.”
The return of the death penalty in Arizona has angered members of the Jewish community, given that those sentenced to death who committed their crimes before 1992 November 23, may choose to inhale gas for their execution or as prescribed by the state. lethal injection. It: Groups say killing people in a gas chamber It is “inhuman”; it parallels the atrocities of the Holocaust.
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