Financial worries can drive a person to crazy distraction, but hopefully not so crazy as to kill. Unfortunately, there was no telling Feltus Taylor, who paid for his crime on this day six months into the new Millennium.
He was executed in Louisiana for murdering an ex-workmate and shooting his ex-boss, following a desperate armed robbery.
Taylor needed money, fast. Just two weeks beforehand, he’d been working in a fast-food restaurant, but as he hadn’t cut it, his boss had understandably given him the boot.
However, he fatefully turned up at the restaurant first thing one morning and begged for his old job back, but boss Keith Clarke refused. Instead, as a friend, he offered to help Taylor find something else.
When that was done, Clarke started sorting out the till and that’s what prompted Taylor into thinking there was a more immediate solution to his problem. He returned armed with a gun and handcuffs and things got really nasty. Taylor took his pistol to cook Donna Posano’s head and forced Clarke to open the safe.
Then he fired
Around $1,300 later, it occurred to the robber that the victims may rat on him, so Taylor tried to get them to promise to keep it quiet. Of course, neither of the handcuffed individuals agreed, so he lost it and irately emptied a barrel of bullets into Posano’s head and arms before embedding another four bullets in Clarke.
Posano died of her injuries, while miraculously, Clarke lived, although he was left wheelchair-bound and slightly brain damaged.
Naturally, the racket coming from the diner didn’t go unnoticed and the police were called after a witness took Taylor’s number plate. He was apprehended shortly after and he compliantly took them to where he’d stashed the $1,300.
That was the beginning of the end. Taylor was found guilty of murder and Louisiana sentenced him to death by lethal injection.
Five stays later and Taylor’s day finally came around. He died having admitted directly to the murder victim’s family and to Clarke that, ‘I have always regretted what I’ve done. It was my own doing. After this is over with, I hope you can find the peace to move on’.
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