Jesse Joe Hernandez was convicted of beating a 10-month-old boy to death back in 2001. He also beat the boy's four-year-old sister, who managed to survive. Because the crimes happened in Dallas, which happens to be in Texas, which happens to be ranked No. 1 in the nation in the application of capital punishment, Hernandez was sentenced to death by lethal injection. This is how the AP recounted his final moments last night:
"God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God," the 47-year-old Hernandez said. Moments later, he shouted "Go Cowboys!" in honor of his favorite football team.
As the drugs took effect, the condemned man repeated his appreciation for those he knew who had gathered to witness the execution. "Love y'all, man," Hernandez said. "... Thank you. I can feel it, taste it. It's not bad."
Clearly, there are no winners here.
Photo via AP.
Dallas Man Executed for 10-Month-Old Boy's Death [NBCDFW]