From start to finish it took about an hour for Eric Robert to be put to death. He was brought into the execution chamber around 9:30 Monday night and was pronounced dead at 10:24.
Here is a timeline of Robert's execution.
9:31: He was removed from his cell.
9:32: He was moved to the table.
9:35: His restraints were secured.
9:37: First IV is administered.
9:41: Second IV is administered.
9:46: Witnesses escorted to viewing rooms.
9:59: Curtains open.
10:01: Last statement is given by Robert.
10:04: Injections are done.
10:24: Time of Death.
10:25: Curtains close.
When Eric Robert was asked if he had any last words Eric Robert said, "In the name of justice and liberty and mercy I authorize and forgive Warden Douglas Weber to execute me for my crimes. It is done."
The two media witnesses from the Associated Press and the Argus Leader said there was a lot of emphasis on the last three words. They said it almost sounded like Robert growled the words "it is done." They also said when the curtains first opened Robert immediately lifted his head but did not show any expression. They said he appeared very calm.
After the sentence was carried out several people spoke at a podium. Department of Corrections Spokesperson Michael Winder went through the details of how the sentence was carried out. Attorney General Marty Jackley spoke briefly after and Ronald "RJ" Johnson's widow Lynette Johnson spoke after him.
Holding back tears Lynette Johnson said, "We, Ron's children and I want everyone to please, don't forget how kind, wonderful and caring Ronald Johnson is." Lynette Johnson went on to say, "We know this execution tonight won't bring my husband back to me, our children's father back, our 6 grandchildren's "papa" back, but we do know the employees of the Department of Corrections and the public in general will be safer now."
50-year-old Eric Robert was executed for killing Senior Corrections Officer Ronald "RJ" Johnson in April of 2011 during a failed prison escape attempt. Robert was initially serving an 80-year sentence for kidnapping out of Meade County.
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