Texas executes 1st inmate since injection lull - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Texas executes 1st inmate since injection lull

Huntsville_A remorseful convicted killer was executed Wednesday night for raping and killing a Dallas woman 17 years ago, the first prisoner in nine months to be put to death in the nation's most active capital punishment state.

Karl Eugene Chamberlain, with a smile on his face, told relatives of his victim, Felecia Prechtl that he wished he "could die more than once."

Chamberlain lived upstairs in the same apartment complex as his victim.

In 1991, he knocked on Prechtl's door and asked to borrow some sugar. After she filled the request, he returned with a rifle and the roll of duct tape, attacked the single mother and shot her in the head. Her son, then 5, found her body.

Chamberlain denied any knowledge of the crime when questioned by police the day of the slaying. He was arrested five years later after his fingerprint was matched to a print on the roll of duct tape. When he was arrested, he confessed.

Chamberlain's execution was the first in Texas since September. Executions throughout the country were on hold after the Supreme Court agreed in September to consider a challenge from two Kentucky prisoners who questioned the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures. When the court upheld the method in April, the de facto moratorium was lifted and executions resumed.

There were 26 executions in Texas last year, far more than any other state.

Before he was executed, Chamberlain stared directly at Prechtl's son, parents and brother as they stood just a few feet away, looking through a glass window.

"We are here to honor the life of Felecia Prechtl, a woman I didn't even know, and celebrate my death," he said. "I am so terribly sorry. I wish I could die more than once."

"I love you. God have mercy on us all," he said as the drugs began taking effect. Still grinning, he blurted out: "Please do not hate anybody because ..." He was unable to finish as he slipped into unconsciousness.

Ina Prechtl, who lost her daughter, said after watching Chamberlain die: "One question I ask myself every day, why does it take so long for justice to be served?"

Michael Graczyk, AP Writer © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

    House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-07-27 16:48:59 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:40 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:40:11 GMT
    The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)

    The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico...

    The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Republicans strain for modest 'skinny' redo of 'Obamacare'

    Republicans strain for modest 'skinny' redo of 'Obamacare'

    Thursday, July 27 2017 4:49 AM EDT2017-07-27 08:49:08 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:40 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:40:05 GMT

    Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

    Senate Republicans are abandoning hope of truly replacing 'Obamacare' and might settle for a much more modest 'skinny repeal.'

  • Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

    Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-07-26 05:17:20 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-07-27 22:31:35 GMT

    Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms.

    Scientists are building yeast DNA from scratch, a stepping stone toward making new organisms.

Powered by Frankly