Earl Wesley Berry Executed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

State corrections officials say convicted murderer Earl Wesley Berry was executed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Berry's execution came at 6:15 p.m CDT Wednesday.

Berry had hoped for a last-minute stay from the U.S. Supreme Court, but the full court denied his appeals and he was put to death by lethal injection for abducting Mary Bounds outside her church in 1987 and beating her to death.

"Justice has finally been rendered for this horrible crime," said Gov. Haley Barbour.

"I was in the execution chamber and observed execution protocol and found that Earl Berry died a death much more peaceful than Mrs. Mary," said Attorney General Jim Hood, who knew the victim.

Hood also said he expects more death row inmates to be put to death in coming months.

"Recent and upcoming changes in state and federal rules regarding inmate appeals are already expediting death penalty cases in Mississippi," Hood said. "Of the six death row inmates executed since 1989, three have come in just the past four years."

According to Hood's office, 65 inmates currently await execution:
- six, including Berry, have been executed in the past 19 years;
- one inmate has been awaiting execution for 31 years;
- the approximate cost in 2007 to house an inmate was just over $22,500 a year.

Berry is the second inmate executed in the nation since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Kentucky's lethal injection procedure in April.


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  • by Troy Location: Tennessee on Jun 6, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    He got what he had coming to him.I hope he's on a fast horse straight to hell.Keep the death penalty alive.
  • by brenda Location: lee county on May 23, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    it is sad to hear about what happen to earl berry, but mary bounds was minding her own business that day. every time a crime is committed, lawyers, and his family says he`s crazy, no , the bible is just fulfilling itself. they don`t think about what she went thru. they just feel justice was done wrong. if the shoe was on the other foot? what if...earl berry was minding his own business that day? ... his mother would been there every day to make sure justice was served.anybody would stand by their child rather they are right or wrong.my heart goes out for both family.
  • by Ariel Location: McBee on May 23, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    I do believe in the death penalty if the accused is actually guilty. I don't believe that they should have to wait all those years because it's not fair to the family of the victim. It cost the people in America that are abiding by the law alot of money to house these inmates and I don't think that it is fair to the "good" citizens.
  • by Ruth on May 22, 2008 at 09:10 PM
    I don't take any joy in executions. But I can read what God said about it through Moses in Exodus 21:12, "He that smiteth a man (this means any human), so that he die, shall be surely put to death." There are other passages, but that one is pretty plain.
  • by Leshona Location: Chickasaw on May 22, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    No, I'm not happy. I do simpathize with both families. To the family of the victim I think they need to know the God they're serving. If they can find relief for their lost by taking another life something is wrong. The Bible says thou shall not kill. Since they were pushing for the dealth penalty I feel they are know better than he was. God let's us know that we can not thow stone for stone. The Lord says revenge is mine. So, we as christians have to let God do his part. We may not taking anyone's life but we all have sinned an fallen short of His Glory. What if everytime we did something God would take our lives there would be no one here. Killing is no different from telling a lie. No I am not for what he did at all, but who give us as human to take someone else's life. We may as well did what he did. He deserved to be punnished but why take another life? If this gives the family there justice I don't want to serve their god. My God is above all.
  • by Gary on May 22, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    I hope everybody in Mississippi is proud.
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