A man who killed a police officer two decades ago stunned on-lookers when he offered a chilling hate-filled diatribe, mere moments before he was put to death.
Torrey Twane McNabb killed police officer Anderson Gordon in 1997, shooting his victim five times following a crash he caused while he was fleeing a bail bondsman.
Asked his final words, he turned to his family and said: "Mom, sis, look at my eyes. I have no tears. In my eyes, I'm not afraid."
Torrey Twane McNabb showed little remorse in his final moments. Credit: Alabama Department of Corrections
However, according to al.com, whose reporter witnessed the execution, he then addressed the State of Alabama, adding: "I hate you motherfuckers. I hate you. I hate you," and raising both of his middle fingers before he lost consciousness.
The execution took place just before 9pm Central at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama last Thursday, with the 40-year-old declared dead less than an hour later.
Officer Gordon's family released the following statement: "Over 20 years ago, we lost a companion, a father, a brother and a friend who only wanted to make a difference in his community.
Police officer Anderson Gordon. Credit: PA
"Although the wounds of having a family member murdered can never be healed, through this tragedy, the Gordon family has remained strong and will continue to be resilient.
"Though this has been a difficult day for the Gordon family, we also continue to pray for the family of Torrey McNabb."
McNabb's lawyer had sought to stop proceedings as he had been filing a lawsuit against the lawfulness of the death penalty in the state.
He and a number of other inmates have challenged Alabama's use of the drug midazolam, which is administered as part of the euthanising process, arguing that it violates the country's Eighth Amendment, part of which prohibits the federal government from imposing or cruel and unusual punishment.
It comes after a death row inmate in the US state of Georgia used his final words at his execution to insult the witnesses back in May.
Credit: Georgia Department For Corrections
Asked if he wished to make a final statement, JW Ledford Jr quoted the film Cool Hand Luke.
"What we have here is a failure to communicate," he said, a phrase uttered by the warden in the 1967 prison drama. "Some men you just can't reach."
"I am not the failure. You are the failure to communicate."
Smiling as he spoke, the prisoner added: "You can kiss my white trash ass."
Featured Image Credit: PA / Alabama Department of Corrections