A Texas death row inmate convicted of stabbing a real estate agent 16 years ago amid a burglary was executed on Wednesday at the state penitentiary in Huntsville.
Kosoul Chanthakoummane, 41, thanked “all these people in my life that aided me in this journey” and told his mom who was watching the procedure that he loved her before receiving the lethal injection.
He was declared dead at 6:33 p.m., 15 minutes later, with a Buddhist monk placing his hand on the inmate’s chest and reading a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes.
In 2006, Chanthakoummane broke into Sarah Walker’s home and stabbed her more than 30 times before stealing a Rolex watch and a silver ring.
The victim’s father, who died last year, had expressed his opposition to Chanthakoummane’s execution, vowing to “go down the prison and make a big scene” if he lived to witness it.
“It was just a totally senseless, random act. But everyone deserves every bit of their life so they can have a chance to repent and go to heaven. I believe that totally, completely,” he said in 2013.