Wesley Purkey, 68 was executed Thursday morning after the Supreme Court moves forward with the second Federal execution since 2003 despite mental competency claims.
The U.S. carried out its second federal execution this week, killing convicted murderer Wesley Ira Purkey by lethal injection https://t.co/ARxOpVFw07— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2020
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued an injunction that states Purkey suffers from progressive dementia, schizophrenia, and severe mental illness prohibiting the scheduled execution. Purkey's attorney, Rebecca Woodman, said on Wednesday that "Though he has long accepted responsibility for his crime, he no longer has a rational understanding of why the government plans to execute him. By staying Wes's execution, the court's action signals the importance of allowing him to present the extensive, available medical evidence demonstrating his incompetency to be executed."
Statement by Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec on the Execution of Wesley Ira Purkey https://t.co/ZEWSxSmuHd— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 16, 2020
Purkey was convicted in Kansas City, Missouri for kidnapping, raping, and killing 16-year-old Jennifer Long before dismembering her with a chainsaw, burning her, and dumping her ashes 200 miles (320 kilometers) away in a septic pond. He was separately convicted and sentenced to life for the killing of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales who suffered from polio.
According to the AP report, Purkey’s final statement was "I deeply regret the pain and suffering I caused to Jennifer's family. I am deeply sorry. I deeply regret the pain I caused to my daughter, who I love so very much. This sanitized murder really does not serve no purpose whatsoever. Thank you."