A convicted double murderer was executed by lethal injection this week 26 years after he committed a fatal home invasion.
ABC 17 reported that 56-year-old Carman Deck died on Tuesday evening at a Missouri prison in Bonne Terre.
The inmate confessed to murdering both victims in their home
It noted that Deck had been found guilty of murdering James and Zelma Long in 1996 at their De Soto, Missouri home.
The news outlet explained that although Deck was convicted multiple times for the slaying, his convictions were repeatedly thrown out due to procedural errors.
However, a federal appeals court reinstated Deck’s death sentence in 2020. According to the website Death Penalty Info, Deck was the fifth convict to be put to death so far this year.
Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson addressed Deck’s impending execution in a statement that was released on Tuesday.
Missouri governor condemns Deck for “heinous” killing of an elderly couple
“Mr. Deck has received due process, and three separate juries of his peers have recommended sentences of death for the brutal murders he committed,” Carson said. “The State of Missouri will carry out Mr. Deck’s sentence according to the Court’s order and deliver justice.”
The governor’s office noted that “Mr. Deck was tried and convicted for the heinous execution-style murders of two innocent elderly victims during a robbery in 1996.”
“Mr. Deck fully admitted to his callous offenses in verbal, written, and recorded statements to law enforcement. In three different proceedings, separate juries have recommended Mr. Deck’s death sentences,” the statement continued.
“Mr. Deck’s case has been reviewed in the state trial court, Missouri Supreme Court, federal district court, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court,” it concluded.
CBS News reported that Deck issued a statement of his own just before being executed that read, “My hope is that one day the world will find peace and that we all will learn to be kind and loving to one another.”
“We all are a part of this journey through life, connected in every way,” the condemned man went on, adding, “Please give love, show love, BE LOVE!”