A Death Row killer who took part in the brutal slaughter of four people ate almost 4000 calories, including 20 chicken nuggets, for his last meal before he was executed by lethal injection.
Gilbert Postelle was one of four men who shot James Alderson, 57, Terry Smith, 56, Donnie Swindle, 49, and Amy Wright, 26, at a southeast Oklahoma City home in 2005 because he blamed them for a motorcycle accident that had left his father with life-changing injuries.
He was executed by lethal injection at Oklahoma State Penitentiary yesterday (February 17), becoming the second convict put to death by the authorities in the state this year.
Postelle’s final meal consisted of 20 chicken nuggets with various sauces, fries, a crispy chicken sandwich, a large cola, and one caramel frappé, and was approximately 3,872 calories, The Sun reported.
A Department of Corrections spokesman, Justin Wolf, said Postelle was pronounced dead at 10.14am.
He was one of two men who had begged to be executed by firing squad instead of lethal injection.
"While it may be gruesome to look at, we all agree it will be quicker," Jim Stronski, an attorney acting for the men, told Judge Friot.
He was handed two death sentences for the killings of Alderson and Wright after the prosecution showed that he had chased them as they tried to flee and then shot them from behind.
The Oklahoman reported that Postelle had ordered Alderson, Smith, Swindle, and Wright to “get on their knees” before shooting a total of 30 rounds into them with an AK-47 style assault rifle.
“In her final moments, Amy Wright was screaming and clawing the ground to escape from Gilbert Postelle,” Assistant Attorney General Julie Pittman told the clemency appeal board in December.
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At his trial, Postelle claimed he didn't remember any of the killings because of his heavy drug use in the days leading up to the attack.
At a clemency hearing he testified via video link: ”I do understand that I'm guilty and I accept that.
“There's nothing more that I know to say to you all than I am truly sorry for what I've done to all these families.”
His attorney, Robert Nance, told the court that Postelle had a very low IQ and had been using methamphetamine regularly since he was 12.
He said that Postelle, now 35, had changed since his arrest, and had been rehabilitated in prison.
Randy Bauman, from the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said Postelle’s execution was inhumane.
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