Dustin Higgs execution: What were his final words?

DEATH row inmate Dustin Higgs was executed on January 16 at Terre Haute prison complex.

He was the last prisoner to be executed by the government prior to the president’s final days in office.

What were Higgs’ final words?

Before Higgs was administered the lethal injection, he spoke his last words on the conviction saying: “I'd like to say I am an innocent man as he mentioned the three women by name. "I did not order the murders.”

Higgs was sentenced for the 1996 murder and kidnapping of three young women in Maryland. He was the last prisoner to be executed this month along with 'womb raider' Lisa Montgomery.

His execution was postponed as he had contracted coronavirus.

Higgs’ attorneys had called on the Department of Justice to withdraw his execution date after he contracted the virus.

The litigation stated that the execution would be a violation of the US constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment while Higgs is still recovering from the virus.

How long did it take for him to die?

As Higgs was administered the injection, he reportedly looked toward a room reserved for his relatives and lawyers, waved his fingers and said, “I love you.”

His eyes began to roll back and his stillness grew, with his pupils visible and his eyelids left partially open.

Higgs was pronounced dead at 1.23am.

How long was he in prison?

Higgs had been in jail over 25 years prior to being executed.

In January 1996, Higgs and two friends drove from Washington, DC to Maryland to pick up Black, Jackson, and Chinn, whom Higgs had invited to his apartment in Laurel, Maryland.

Once at the apartment, Higgs made advances towards Jackson, which she rejected, and the girls ultimately all left together.

Higgs offered to take the women back to Washington DC, but instead, a secluded area in the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge ordered the women out of the vehicle, gave a gun to one of his friends, and said, “better make sure they’re dead.” 

One of Higgs' friends shot Black and Jackson in the chest and back, and then shot Chinn in the back of the head, killing all three women.

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