LUCASVILLE – Daniel Wilson died at 10:33 a.m., executed 18 years after he killed Carol Lutz by locking her in the trunk of her car and setting it on fire.
Wilson’s execution began just after 10 a.m. when medical personnel on the state’s execution team inserted the shunts into his arms. The executioner working on his right arm seemed to struggle to find a suitable place to place an IV for the lethal three-drug cocktail as Wilson remained motionless.
Wilson was strapped to the injection table in the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Wilson made a brief statement, apologizing for killing Lutz.
“I’m very sorry for what I did to Carol,” he said. “I want to say to my family I am very sorry how things turned out.”
Wilson then said he believed in Jesus. “He’s my savior. I’m coming home.”
The drugs began to flow at about 10:21 a.m. and a few minutes later Warden Phillip Kerns shook Wilson and called his name to make sure he was unconscious. A medical execution team member also checked the IV lines to make sure the drugs were flowing properly.
Wilson’s chest heaved a few times as the drugs flowed into him and the color faded from his face.He was pronounced dead at 10:33 a.m.
Lutz’s family is now making their way from the death house to speak with the media.
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LUCASVILLE – Daniel Wilson didn’t get much sleep last night, taking only two short naps as he waited in the state’s death house for his 10 a.m. execution today.
Andrea Carson, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, said Wilson was on the phone from 7:52 p.m. through 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. talking with relatives, including his mother whom he called several times. Wilson’s mother is not at the prison today.
Wilson, who is set to die today for the 1991 murder of Carol Lutz, has been calm and compliant since arriving at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility yesterday, Carson said.
He received visits from family and friends last evening and was meeting one last time with his attorneys, family and spiritual advisers today.
Carson said the only family to visit Wilson were his cousins, one of whom will witness Wilson’s execution along with a friend and one of his attorneys.
Lutz’s mother, father and brother are also at the prison and will watch her killer die.
U.S. Supreme Court ended Wilson’s hopes of a stay of execution when it rejected his final round of appeals.
Carson said Wilson ate his “special meal,” including a porterhouse steak, salad and several other items, throughout the night.
He saved a tea bag he had requested for a cup of tea this morning, Carson said, and declined the breakfast offered to all the inmates at the prison.
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