James Phillip Barnes, a death row convict executed in Florida on Thursday for the savage hammer murder of a nurse in 1988, skipped the traditional final meal hours before he was declared dead, according to state prisons officials.
Barnes declined to ask for the dinner, the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed to Fox News Digital. According to state law, offenders are entitled to one final supper, which must be purchased locally and cost no more than $40.
Barnes, 61, passed away via fatal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke at 6:31 p.m. local time. Florida had carried out five executions this year.
When he wrote to a state prosecutor in 2005, claiming responsibility for the murder of Patricia “Patsy” Miller, he was already serving a life sentence for the 1997 strangulation of his wife, Linda Barnes, who was 44 at the time.
Prior to her death, Miller, a nurse who resided in a Melbourne, Florida, condominium, had several unpleasant interactions with him.
“Miller was involved in a number of incidents. Barnes stated in an interview with German filmmaker Werner Herzog conducted in a jailhouse, “I felt very humiliated, that’s all I can say.
Barnes admitted in court of raping Miller twice, striking her in the head with a hammer, and setting her bed on fire before killing her inside her house on April 20, 1988.
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After his wife learned that he was a drug dealer in 1997, Barnes killed her. She had been strangled, according to court documents, and her body was discovered tucked in a closet. Although Barnes has claimed to have killed at least two additional persons, he has never been put on trial.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Barnes said in the jailhouse interview that he had converted to Islam and wished to clear his conscience about the Miller case.
“They claim I have no regrets. I’m not. Regarding this case, there are no open questions. And I’m going to die,” Barnes declared.
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