Murderer who killed rapist is executed… despite victim’s family saying they’re GLAD he’s dead – The Sun
A MURDERER has been executed for the killing of a rapist – despite the man's daughter saying his death marked the "best day of her life".
Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee at 7.26pm on Thursday.
Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for the murder the previous year of Carl Estep at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility, where both were serving time.
Sutton had been jailed for the 1979 murder of three people, his grandmother Dorothy Sutton, his high school friend John Large, and another man named Charles Almon.
Estep was serving time for the rape of his stepdaughter at the time of his death.
He was killed when Sutton and another man entered his cell and stabbed him 38 times in the chest, reportedly after he sold them poor quality drugs and refused to return their money.
Sutton was tried for first-degree murder over the Estep killing and, following his conviction, sentenced to death.
He was executed by electric chair, a choice still given to death row inmates in Tennessee whose crimes occurred prior to 1999.
'MOST REFORMED PRISONER I'VE WORKED WITH'
Prior to Sutton's execution, numerous prison officials and members of Estep's family appealed to Tennessee state governor Bill Lee to grant him clemency.
Estep's daughter, Rosemary Hill, whose stepsister Estep raped, said her father had been an "evil man".
In a statement given as part of Sutton appeal for clemency, she said: "To say [Estep's death] was the best day of my life is an understatement.
"I felt as though a 100-pound weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I thought to myself, 'There is a God!'"
She also alleged Estep had once started a fire at their home and that he had intentionally caused an car accident in which her infant sister had died.
Former Correction Lt. Tony Eden testified that Sutton had genuinely been reformed since he was imprisoned.
He also said Sutton may once have saved his life by intervening as a group of prisoners attempted to take him hostage during a prison riot.
"I can confidently state that Nick Sutton is the most rehabilitated prisoner that I met working in maximum security prisons over the course of 30 years," he said.
"If [he were] released tomorrow, I would welcome him into my home and invite him to be my neighbor."
Despite the appeals, Governor Lee declined to grant clemency.
A statement released on Wednesday read: "After careful consideration of Nicholas Sutton´s request for clemency and a thorough review of the case, I am upholding the sentence of the State of Tennessee and will not be intervening."
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