Kent Sprouse, 42, accused of killing a police officer and another man way back in 2002 outside a store near Dallas, was put to death at 6:33 p.m. on Thursday. This was according to a statement issued by the Texas department of criminal justice.
Sprouse’s last words were, “I would like to apologize to the Moreno family and the Steinfeldt family for all of the trouble I have caused them. I would like to apologize to my family for all of the trouble that I have caused them. I would also like to thank my family for all of their support. I guess that’s it.”
In 2004, Sprouse was charged for killing 28-year-old police officer Harry Steinfeldt and 38-year-old Pedro Moreno.
“I shot the other officer that was in uniform,” Sprouse reportedly said.
According to his friend and family, Sprouse was mentally ill, who always assumed people was trying to kill him.
His mother said that her son used to believe that people are talking to him via television and also thought that the CIA and FBI wanted to take his life.
“He started hitting the meth and went crazy,” lead trial lawyer Jim Jenkins told the Associated Press. “Even his family was afraid of him.”
Last month, Texas declared that it already has lethal injection drugs to carry out executions but has ordered for more. The state has obtained enough drugs to carry out Kent Sprouse’s execution.