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Convict About to Die Begs for Forgiveness

July 12, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A man apologized and begged for forgiveness as he was executed by injection in Huntsville for killing his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old son and her new boyfriend during a 1986 shooting spree.

James Wilkens Jr., 39, is the 10th inmate executed this year in Texas, where a record 40 were put to death last year.

"I am sorry. Please hear me. Please understand. In the name of God, please forgive me," he said, looking at the slain boy's mother, who was wounded in the attack.

"I am sorry. For your sake, forgive me, all of you," he said, looking at her and the child's two grandfathers.

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