Killer Admits Guilt

Death Penalty

Mississippi executed its first death row inmate since 1989 on Wednesday. A small number of people were allowed to witness the death of Tracy Alan Hansen, convicted of murdering state trooper Bruce Ladner in 1987. Media representatives answered questions Wednesday night.

"He said 'I'm guilty, I shot the guy,'" said Wayne Sorge of Mississippi's Public Radio. "'I panicked. I was running from the law. I shouldn't have had a gun.' He said, 'I didn't want to kill him.'"

"Hansen was just on the gurney occasionally twitching his feet," said Marcia Hill of WLOX-TV in Biloxi. "He did not seem to be in any kind of pain. He seemed to be very much at peace with what was about to happen to him."

Trooper Ladner's two sons also witnessed the execution. No members of Hansen's family asked to attend.