Texas death row inmate gives rambling speech before execution, describes ‘burning’ sensation as lethal dose is administered
A Texas death row inmate who brutally murdered two women was executed on Wednesday night, but not before rambling about the “system” and partially describing his own end.
Billy Crutsinger, who fatally stabbed 89-year-old Pearl Magouirk and her 71-year-old daughter Patricia Syren in 2003, was given a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville and was pronounced dead just before 7 p.m.
However, the 64-year-old Crutsinger did not go quietly, giving a disjointed four-minute statement before his death.
“I am going to miss those pancakes and those old time black and white shows. Where I am going everything will be in color,” he said, according to the Texas Tribune.
“There is a lot of this I don’t understand but the system is not completely right,” he continued. "It’s not completely wrong but, it is something that has to be done until something better comes along.”
Crutsinger also said that “I’m at peace now and ready to go and be with Jesus and my family,” and thanked three friends who attended the execution. He did not mention the two women he killed during his final statement, and family members of the murder victims were not present.
As he was given the deadly dose of pentobarbital, Crutsinger said he could feel it “in my left arm. It’s kind of burning.” He coughed and breathed heavily and made repeated snoring noises before he stopped moving, according to The Associated Press.
Crutsinger killed the women after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing work for them. He stole Syren’s car and credit card, and was arrested three days later at a bar in Galveston.
“The defendant stabbed two elderly women to death in their own home,” prosecutor Michele Hartmann said in a statement. “They had offered him a chance at honest work. The loss of mother and daughter Pearl Magouirk and Pat Syren is still felt deeply by their family and the Fort Worth community. Our sympathy and thoughts continue to be with them.”
The Supreme Court declined a request by Crutsinger’s lawyer to stop the execution. Lydia Brandt claimed his previous lawyer had a long history of incompetent work in death penalty cases.
“The jury heard nothing from the defense that provided an explanation about the disease of alcoholism in relation to the offense conduct,” including such things as “a history of domestic violence and abuse, and repeated losses of significant friends and relatives,” Brandt wrote in her one of her Supreme Court petitions.