16 January 2002 – Jermarr Carlos Arnold
Happiness enveloped Jermarr Carlos Arnold, who sang Amazing Grace as the lethal cocktail of drugs entered his veins on this day in 2002.
He craved death and was sentenced to meet it in Texas for the shooting of Christine Sanchez during an armed robbery when he was just 24 years old.
Arnold admitted casing the joint – a jewellery store – before bursting in as it opened on the morning of 15 July 1983. With a handgun trained on Sanchez, he began stuffing his bag full of merchandise. He then demanded money. But the fiesty 21-year-old girl grabbed a gun instead and pointed it at Arnold.
Arnold overpowered her, turned the gun around and shot her in the head but he fled and wasn’t caught until he was arrested in California on completely unrelated robbery charges and the details of the killing emerged. He was promptly shipped off to Texas to be tried for the murder where he pleaded guilty and actually requested the death penalty for his crime. The court obliged.
But the killing didn’t stop there. He’d said of the death penalty during his trial that ‘if you miss this opportunity, there’s a good chance that I will kill again’. And Arnold wasn’t wrong. While on death row, he turned on a fellow inmate and shoved a carefully crafted, sharp bolt through the man’s temple, before proceeding to dance around the victim’s lifeless body.
As they prepared Jermarr Carlos Arnold for his lethal injection, he told the family of his victim ‘I am giving my life. I hope you find comfort in my execution’. He was finally executed aged 43.