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Stevens' last words: I hope God forgives me

Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps at his 4:45pm news conference. Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps at his 4:45pm news conference.
Benny Joe Stevens (Photo Source: MS Department of Corrections) Benny Joe Stevens (Photo Source: MS Department of Corrections)
PARCHMAN, MS (WLOX/AP) -

Benny Joe Stevens was executed Tuesday evening by the state of Mississippi, and pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m.

Just before he died, Stevens said, "What I did was terrible. I hope God forgives me. What I've taken from God and you I can't replace.  I'm sorry. Don't let me take anything else from you.  I'm not worth it.  That's it."

The U.S. Supreme Court did not block the execution of Benny Joe Stevens. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour also refused to stop the execution.

Stevens, 52, was sentenced to death in 1999 for the deaths of four people, including two children, at a mobile home in rural Marion County.

Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said Stevens' father and brother visited the inmate Tuesday. Stevens also wrote a letter to his daughter, who survived the attack. Epps said Stevens expressed remorse but told corrections officials that he doesn't remember the killings.

He said Stevens' attitude was upbeat and he was very talkative on the day of his execution. His last meal was catfish, ribs, fries, coleslaw, ice cream and cobbler.

"Our prayers are with the victim's family and the defendant's family," Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

Doug Walker was among the witnesses for the execution. Watch for his reports from Parchman tonight on WLOX News at 10 and Wednesday on Good Morning Mississippi, as well as WLOX.com.

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