Gregory Scott Johnson, who stomped and beat an 82-year-old woman to death in 1985 was finally put to death at 12:28 AM this morning by lethal injection. Johnson tried to get a last minute reprieve to donate his liver, but it was denied. The only pitiful thing in this case is that it took 20 years to execute this waste of a human.
Gregory Scott Johnson died by injection at 12:28 a.m. for beating and stomping an 82-year-old woman to death in 1985, then setting her house on fire to hide the crime.
His only words before being executed were: "Everyone has been professional."
Gov. Mitch Daniels rejected Johnson's request for a reprieve Tuesday, clearing the way for his death at the Indiana State Prison. The Supreme Court also denied a stay of execution.
Daniels said he found "no grounds to second guess years of court rulings or to reject the recommendation of the parole board."
The governor said he accepted the sincerity of Johnson's motivation in trying to donate part of his liver, but that medical experts had advised against it.
In a handwritten note released after he was executed, Johnson wrote: "There are those who claim that Debbie will have a new liver three weeks after being placed on the list. I'll be watching from above and expect her to be recuperating at that time."
The family of Johnson's victim, Ruby Hutslar, said they hoped he would be remembered as a cold-blooded killer, not for his last-minute attempts for a reprieve.
"I want him to be remembered as a man who viciously beat a sweet woman to death — not the man who tried to save his sister, but the man who killed Ruby Hutslar," said Hutslar's great-niece, Julie Woodard.
Who knew that Hell was above?