Michael Brawner Executed in Mississippi

This post will be updated as details become available

Jan Michael Brawner was executed by death by lethal injection at 6:18 p.m. local time Tuesday, June 12 at Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.

From The Associated Press:

“In his final statement, Brawner said he wished to apologize to the victim’s family, but could not change what he had done. “Maybe this will bring you a little peace. Thank you,” he said as he lay strapped to a gurney.

When the drugs were administered, he appeared to take a deep breath. His mouth opened wide for a moment and then his head tilted to the side.”

The Jackson Free Press has a rundown of the final hours of Brawner’s life, drawn from a press release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. From the release:

June 12, 2012 Scheduled Execution of Jan Michael Brawner
2:00 p.m. News Briefing

Parchman, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) will hold three news briefings today related to events surrounding the Tuesday, June 12, 2012 scheduled execution of death row Inmate Jan Michael Brawner, MDOC #R3430. The following is an update on Inmate Brawner’s recent visits and telephone calls, activities, last meal to be served, and the official list of execution witnesses.

Approved visitation list:
Brian Peyto (friend)
Louwlynn Williams (attorney)
David Calder (attorney)
Laurence Komp (attorney)
Father Marvin Edwards (MDOC Chaplain)
Father Todd Pittman (spiritual advisor)
Davey Hammons (MDOC chaplain)

Visits with Inmate Jan Michael Brawner
Monday, June 11, 2012
David Calder (attorney)
Laurence Komp (attorney)
Davey Hammons (MDOC Chaplain)

Visits today, thus far:
Davey Hammons (MDOC Chaplain)

Activities of Brawner
Inmate Brawner was transferred from Unit 29 to Unit 17 on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This morning, at Unit 17, Inmate Brawner was offered breakfast. He ate one serving of grits, 1 cinnamon roll, 2 boxes of milk. He did not eat the two boiled eggs or the one cup of coffee that were also offered. Inmate Brawner was offered lunch today. He ate two slices of turkey ham, squash and tomatoes, a salad, white bread, and one 10-ounce cup of punch. He did not eat the turnip greens or sliced peaches that were also offered.
Inmate Brawner has access to a telephone to place unlimited collect calls to persons on his approved telephone list. He will have access today, June 12th until 5:00 p.m.

Approved Telephone List
Brian Peyto (friend)
Louwlynn Williams (attorney)
Laurence Komp (attorney)
David Calder (attorney)
Linda Conn (friend)
Denise Richards (friend)
Ruby Havard (friend)
Vermell Williams (friend)
Daphne Lee (friend)
Jill Rider (friend)

Inmate Brawner’s Collect Telephone Calls

Monday, June 11, 2012
Two phone calls to Louwlynn Williams (attorney)
One phone call to Brian Peyto (friend)

Today, June 12, 2012
Thus far today:
Two phone calls to Louwlynn Williams (attorney)

According to the MDOC correctional officers that are posted outside his cell, Inmate Brawner is observed to be very talkative and in a good mood. He discussed the crimes that he was convicted of.

Brawner’s Remains
Inmate Brawner has requested that his body be released to Mississippi Mortuary Service, in Pearl, MS.

Last Meal
Inmate Brawner requested the following as his last meal: One DiGiorno Italian Style Favorites Chicken Parmesan pizza, One DiGiorno Italian Style Favorites Meat Trio pizza, a small salad (lettuce, pickles, black olives, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese with Ranch dressing), small bottle Tabasco sauce, ½ gallon brewed iced sweet tea and 1 pint Breyers Blast Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.

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