5 December 2002 – Ernest West Basden

Ernest West Basden

Ernest West Basden

Contract killer Ernest West Basden was sentenced to death after he was hired to bump off someone’s husband.

The American was executed for shooting Billy White in April 1993. Basden shot once at a distance then again at point-blank range. He was paid to kill the man by his nephew and the victim’s wife, Sylvia Ipcock White, who are both serving life sentences for their parts in the crime.

According to Clarke County Prosecutor, his final words were: ‘I killed Billy White. I’m sorry for it. And I pray that his family will come to forgive me and let time heal their wounds. And that’s all we can do’. He was executed by lethal injection in North Carolina, aged 50.

Also on this day

5 December 1612 – Saint John Almond
5 December 2003 – Robbie Lyons

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