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Mississippi Executes Its Sixth Death Row Inmate Of 2012

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 20 Jun 2012 08:01pm | comments
James Bowley

Mississippi has executed the 6th death row inmate of the year. M-P-B's Jeffrey Hess reports Gary Carl Simmons was executed by lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Parchman last night.

Simmons was convicted of the 1996 murder of Jeffrey Wolfe as well as the kidnapping and rape Wolfe's female friend.

Simmons worked as a butcher and allegedly used those skills, and knives from work, to dismember Wolfe and scatter his body parts in an alligator infested Jackson County bayou.

After the execution, Wolfe's step-mother Linda Wolfe says Simmons never apologized even with his last words.

"Did he tell us, 'I am sorry. I wish I could take it back'? No, He didn't take nothing back. Like he said, 'Let's get it over with. Let's get done so these people can go home'.  Well that is where we are going. We are going back to Houston, Texas and our hearts are proud. And we are proud of y'all. And thank y'all for every prayer, every thought and everything you have done the last 16 years," Wolfe said.

Wolfe's father Paskiel Wolfe reacted emotionally to the execution.

"Do you think God is going to forgive you for doing such a good deed? No. You are going to go to Hell. And that is where you are gonna be. And I hope you burn in Hell. When you take your last breath I will be leaving to go and have a cold beer," Wolfe said.

Two dozen protestors sing and light candles in honor of Wolfe and Simmons in protest to the execution.

Carrying a sign reading, killing won't solve killing, James Bowley says he will continue to oppose the death penalty despite the state putting more people to death this year than at any time in the last 60 years.

"It is obviously not going to stop any this year but it might make a person or two or three or ten who drive by think about it. And that is what education is all about is getting people to stop and think. Obviously it won't stop and it won't step the next ones but maybe next or in two years or in ten years," Bowley said.

There is the potential for additional executions later this year, if the Supreme Court rejects any more appeals before its session which finishes at the end of the month.

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