Ernest Basden, 49, talks to reporters at Central Prison in Raleigh shortly before he was executed on Dec. 6, 2002 for the murder-for-hire of a Kinston insurance agent. Basden said the death penalty is unfairly applied, but in his last statement, he admitted his guilt and asked forgiveness. He said, “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.”
Ernest Basden, 49, talks to reporters at Central Prison in Raleigh shortly before he was executed on Dec. 6, 2002 for the murder-for-hire of a Kinston insurance agent. Basden said the death penalty is unfairly applied, but in his last statement, he admitted his guilt and asked forgiveness. He said, “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.” STAN GILLILAND AP
Ernest Basden, 49, talks to reporters at Central Prison in Raleigh shortly before he was executed on Dec. 6, 2002 for the murder-for-hire of a Kinston insurance agent. Basden said the death penalty is unfairly applied, but in his last statement, he admitted his guilt and asked forgiveness. He said, “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.” STAN GILLILAND AP

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