Death Row inmate begs to ‘send him home’ in final words before lethal injection

The final words of a Death Row inmate who suffocated his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her seven-year-old son to death before burying them in a shallow grave have been revealed.

Stephen Barbee, 55, was placed on death row for killing 34-year-old Lisa Underwood and Jayden at their Fort Worth home in Texas in 2005.

The murderer was administered with a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville but his execution was prolonged by almost 40 minutes as officials struggled to find veins in his hand or neck whilst he was strapped to the gurney.

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That was caused by the condemned man having a disability that meant he could not extend his arms.

He was eventually given the lethal dose at 7.09pm and pronounced dead at 7.35pm.

But just before his final moments, he was asked if he had any final words.

He replied, while crying: “I'm ready warden – send me home.”

“I just want everyone to have peace in their hearts.”

Prior to the execution, he said that he hoped the moment wasn't a “sad” one for “all my friends and loved ones”.

Barbee's lawyers had called for a stay of execution due to "intolerable pain and suffering" which he would suffer from the normal method with the prisoner's arms stretched out, but this was rejected by the Texas Attorney General's Office.

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The lethal injection contained pentrobarbital, which can be used as a sedative in small doses, but will kill a person when used in large doses such as the one used on Barbee.

Barbee was the fifth inmate put to death this year in Texas, and was the last inmate scheduled for execution this year in the state.

So far, 15 people, including Barbee, have been executed across the U.S. in 2022, all by lethal injection. This year’s total number of US executions is already higher than last year’s 11, which was the lowest in more than three decades.

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