Scott James Eizember, a 62-year-old man who murdered an elderly couple 19 years ago, was executed by lethal injection in Oklahoma on Thursday.
“I’m at peace,” Eizember said with an IV line in his arm, according to the Associated Press. “My conscience is clear, completely. I love my children.”
Eizember received his last meal at 5:10 pm on Wednesday night. The lethal drugs began flowing at 10:01 am on Thursday and he was pronounced dead at 10:15 am.
As the execution began, Eizember could be seen talking to his spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeffrey Hood, who the Oklahoma Department of Corrections initially banned from the death chamber due to his history of activism against the death penalty and imprisonment, but was allowed entry after the victims’ family requested it.
At one point, Eizember lifted his head and muttered, “I love you,” to his daughter and lawyers.
He was convicted of the murder of an elderly couple – AJ Cantrell, 76, and Patsy Cantrell, 70 – on October 18, 2003.
Eizember broke into their home to watch over his ex-girlfriend, Kathryn Smith, who lived across the street. When the Cantrells returned home, Eizember shot and killed Patsy and then bludgeoned AJ to death with the gun, prosecutors said at trial.
After killing the Cantrells, he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacked her son and mother before fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle.
Eizember was on the run for months until he was shot by a man he tried to hold hostage in Texas.
Johnny Melton, the couple’s nephew, said the past two decades had been “absolutely painful”.
“There is no closure today, but a page has been turned and a new chapter in our lives has begun. After living through this nightmare, I must say that 20 years is a long time for justice to be served,” Melton said after the execution.
“We absolutely want to get it right and absolutely make sure everyone’s rights are protected, but the process is very slow.”
Eizember’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
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