A killer of two has been executed in the United States - all the while protesting his innocence, telling his victims' families that he 'didn't kill anybody'.
Before his death, his was visited by his wife and had a last meal of beef short ribs, fried potatoes, bacon, a roll, peach cobbler, vanilla ice cream and sweet tea. , reports the Mirror.
Patrick Hannon was executed via lethal injection for the murder of Brandon Snider and Robert Carter back in 1991. The execution took place in Florida, a state that allows the families of victims to observe the execution if they so desire.
He was given the deadly cocktail of drugs on Wednesday evening and was declared dead at 8.50pm.
The killer's final words were: "I hope the execution gives the Carter family some peace. I wish I could have done more to save Robert. I didn't kill anybody, but I was there," to which a female relative of Carter said: "Bullshit".
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As the injection was administered, a relative reportedly shouted: "fuck you," and waved at Hannon.
Hannon, 53, insisted to his last that he was not the murderer of Robert Carter or Brandon Snider. The incident that led to the deaths of the two men occurred in 1991, when Snider was 27 and Carter was 28, at Snider's residence in the Florida city of Tampa.
Hannon, along with two other men, Jim Acker and Ronald Richardson, went to the apartment to exact revenge on Snider after he had vandalised Acker's sister's flat.
Acker knifed Snider and Hannon cut his throat, nearly severing the victim's head. Robert Carter, who lived with Snider, attempted to hide and pleaded with the perpetrators to be let go, but was shot six times in the chest by Hannon.
Hannon was convicted of the crime and sentenced to death, while Acker was given life in prison with an extra 23 years. Richardson made a plea bargain with the prosecutors and got off relatively lightly with just five years for accessory to murder after the fact, having turned on the other two men.
Hannon was on Florida death row for 26 years. His execution is a result of a recent change in Florida law that re-instituted the death penalty. As per a law passed in August, an execution can only be carried out if the jury is unanimous in its recommendation of a death sentence, as was the case with Patrick Hannon.Featured Image Credit: News4Jax