Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Would it be wrong of me...

to say that this story warmed the cockles of my cold black heart?

HUNTSVILLE — A Fort Worth man convicted of opening fire with an assault rifle to gun down a woman and a friend after stalking her to collect a debt was executed Tuesday night.
James Edward Martinez told his mother and sister, who were watching through a nearby window, that he loved them and thanked them for everything they had done for him.
“I hope y’all can move on after this,” he said. “I’ll be fine. I’m fine.”
Martinez told them all again that he loved them and added, “take care, OK?” He then told the warden he had nothing else to say.
As the drugs began taking effect, his mother was overcome with emotion, sobbing and scratching at the glass that separated them. “James don’t leave me, you can’t die. Don’t leave me,” she cried. Officers brought a wheelchair into the room and removed her and her daughter before Martinez was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. CDT, nine minutes after the lethal drugs began.

That might sound cold, but if you read on to the end of the story you'll see that this poor mother has a criminal history of her own, having been given probation for the slayings of her ex-husband and his fiancee. It's only appropriate that she experience the pain she inflicted upon the families of her ex-husband and his fiancee. Notch another one up for justice, friends and neighbors!
But then, here's some more of that media bias (emphasis mine -- ed.):
At the shooting scene, authorities found 27 shell casings from a high-powered Austrian-made military-type rifle.

Again with the loaded terminology. High-powered this time, natch. I wonder what they'd have said if he'd shot those two with, say, something chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum...