A Georgian death row inmate was recently put to death, but before he received the lethal injection, he quoted “Cool Hand Luke.”
J.W. Ledford, 45, was put to death on Wednesday for murdering Harry Johnston, 75, in Murray County, Georgia.
Warden Eric Sellers said that Ledford was given a chance to make a final statement before his death.
“What we have here is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach,” Ledford said, according to The Associated Press. “I am not the failure. You are the failure to communicate.”
“You can kiss my white trash a**,” he said.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Ledford told police he went to Johnston’s home on Jan. 31, 1992, to ask for a ride to the grocery store. Johnston reportedly accused Ledford of stealing and hit him. Ledford pulled out a knife and stabbed Johnston to death. The pathologist who conducted Johnston’s said he bled to death from “one continuous or two slices to the neck,” according to the AP.
After dragging Johnson’s body to another part of the property and burying him, Ledford returned to Johnston’s house and demanded money from Johnston’s wife, the AP reported. Ledford tied up Johnston’s wife and took money and four guns from their home. Police arrested Ledford later that day.
Ledford told authorities he had smoked marijuana and consumed several beers before the going to Johnston’s house.
If you are going to die no matter what, I guess it is better to die in style. Ledford didn’t lead a good life, but he certainly knew how to go out with a bang.
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