Centobie Put to Death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Convicted cop killer Mario Centobie has been executed by lethal injection for the 1998 murder of a Moody police officer. Centobie died at 6:22 p.m. Thursday.

He stared at the ceiling, never looking toward witnesses. Those witnesses included his mother and one of his brothers. They refused to comment on the execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier denied a final appeal to block the execution.

Centobie requested a last meal of barbeque chicken, turnip greens, candied sweet potatoes, egg noodles with butter and cornbread.

A Department of Corrections spokesman says Centobie met until 4:30 p.m. with his family and members of a prison ministry group.

Centobie was convicted and sentenced to death for killing Moody police officer Keith Turner in 1998 while a fugitive from Mississippi. He also wounded a Tuscaloosa police officer, now-retired Captain Cecil Lancaster. Lancaster witnessed the execution. He said he believes the execution was just, but says it still won't bring back the young officer who died.


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