Clipped From The Daily Spectrum
Pierre executed DRAPER (UPI) - Triple-killer Dale Selby pierre gave his prison savings to his accomplice, said a final prayer and was put to death today in Utah's first execution by lethal injection. Pierre, 34, a native of Trinidad, West Indies, had escaped six previous dates with the executioner. But his 13 years on Utah's death row ended at 1 : 13 a.m. MDT in the state's first execution since 1977. Just prior to the injection, prison Warden Gerald Cook said he asked Pierre if he had "any final words and he stated, 'Nothing, but I just thought ask the pastor to send any money I have left to William Andrews." Pierre and William A. Andrews, 33, Jonesboro, La., were convicted in the April 22, 1974, brutal slayings of three people during a $24,000 robbery of an Ogden, Utah, stereo store. Andrews' death sentence is still on appeal. Cook said, "I then asked him if he had anything else to say and he said, 'Thank you, I'm just going to say my prayers.'" . . After the warden motioned to the executioners to proceed, about 1:02 a.m., he said, "the only thing I noticed after the drugs were started, he seemed to take a couple of sharp breaths and that was the only thing I noted." It was Utah's 46th execution including 39 by firing squads and six by hanging. During a series of last-ditch appe- ( als Thursday, Utah federal Judge David Sam, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court each refused to grant stay requests. After the high court rejected efforts to delay the execution, Gary DeLand, state Corrections Department director, said Pierre told him "he felt fine" and was prepared. He was moved off death row, into a special death-watch cell Wednesday night. Twenty minutes before his execution, Pierre was stripped, searched and given another set of clothes, and walked the 100 feet to the execution chamber. Utah has not had an execution since Gary Gilmore went before a firing squad Jan. 17, 1977, in the nation's first execution after the Supreme Court lifted its ban on capital punishment in 1976. When Gilmore was taken off Utah's death row 10 V2 years ago, he reportedly told Pierre and Andrews, "You're next." Pierre and Andrews, then airmen at Hill Air Force Base, held five people in the Ogden Hi-Fi Shop during the 1974 robbery. The victims were tied up and forced to drink , liquid drain cleaner. Each was then shot in the head. Three died. The U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly rejected Pierre's death sentence appeals and Thursday night voted 6-2 against a stay and 6-2 against hearing another appeal. Since Gilmore was shot to death by a firing squad, Utah has dropped hanging as a form of capital punishment.