9 December 2002 – Desmond Keith Carter

Desmond Keith Carter

Desmond Keith Carter

Desmond Keith Carter was sentenced to death by lethal injection in North Carolina for the 1992 stabbing a 71-year-old neighbour after she refused to lend him money.

He claimed that Helen Purdy was accidentally stabbed when she tried to push him away. But, of course, that didn’t wash with the jury, because it failed to account for the 12 other puncture wounds.

The drug-fuelled attack yielded a mere $15 and needless to say he was soon apprehended. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and a death sentence was promptly slapped on his head.

According to Clark Prosecutor when the fateful day arrived, the 35-year-old’s poignant last words were: ‘The only thing I would like to say is that I apologize to the victim’s family of Ms. Purdy and I would like to apologize to my family for the disappointment and pain I have caused them throughout my life. I love you, pop’.

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