This disgusting, barbarous event will be overlooked in the news about the primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
This evening Georgia resumed killing its prisoners by lethal injection. William Earl Lynd has been executed. This is the 1100th execution in the modern era and the first following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Baze v. Rees, upholding Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol. It has been almost 8 months since a state killed a prisoner. This is longest amount of time between executions since at least the early nineties.
Convicted Georgia prisoner William Earl Lynd was executed Tuesday, the first inmate to be put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted its nationwide ban on executions.
Lynd was pronounced dead at 7:51 pm at the Diagnostic and Classification prison in Jackson, Georgia as anti-death penalty activists stood in quiet protest outside.
According to prison officials, Lynd had been “somber all day,” and had requested a mild sedative before being lead to the death chamber.
Lynd had been convicted for the 1988 kidnapping and murder of live-in girlfriend Ginger Moore.
The crime was an extremely brutal one, and Lynd waited on death row for almost 20 years to be killed while he appealed.
Tonight, almost 2 decades later, Georgia executed him by lethal injection. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that “he was the 41st man Georgia has executed since 1983, the 19th by lethal injection.” He was 53 years old.
Barbarism and revenge killing have returned to the US. I want it to be understood that William Earl Lynd was not killed in my name. I detest killing. I detest Lynd’s killing his victim. My heart goes out to the victim, her family, Lynd, Lynd’s family, the lawyers who defended and prosecuted him, the jurors who deliberated his case, the judges who ruled at his trial and appeals, those who wrote and those who read the newspaper coverage of the crime and the trial and the execution, in fact, everyone who had knowledge of this case or any contact with it. How can we live with ourselves when to revenge a killing, we permit our government to kill?
Mahatama Gandhi correctly identified the issue. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”