Donnie Johnson, from Tennessee, US, prayed and sang hymns before he was executed for killing his wife
A wife killer sang hymns and said he ‘commended’ his life to God before he was executed.
Donnie Johnson, from Tennessee, US, was put to death early this morning for murdering his wife Connie in 1984.
His final words were ‘I commend my life into your hands. Thy will be done. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen’, before being given the lethal injection.
After his prayer, Johnson sang hymns for two minutes, one of which included the lyrics ‘no more crying there, we are going to see the king. No more dying there, we are going to see the king’, reports Fox 11 .
He reportedly stuck his tongue out near the start of the execution.
The death row inmate was later heard gurgling and gasping as he was given the lethal injection, according to the news site.
Connie’s family released a statement after the murderer’s execution, according to reports.
It said: “Connie’s death was inhumane and indescribable. There will never be enough to bring Connie back.”
Johnson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die in November 1985.
Johnson’s co-worker Ronnie McCoy, an inmate on work release, testified that he left the couple alone in an office at Johnson’s workplace for about 15 minutes.
When he returned, he found Connie suffocated, according to his court testimony.
McCoy testified that he and Johnson then put her body in her vehicle and drove it to a nearby shopping center where they left it.
Authorities said Johnson asked a store manager the next morning to help him find his wife, who he said had gone missing.
During their search, they found her dead in her van with a large garbage bag in her mouth, according to court documents.
During the investigation, Johnson told police that he had given his wife about $450 [£351] that day for Christmas shopping and that McCoy had tried to rob his wife and killed her in the process, according to the court documents.
Johnson did not testify during his trial. During his sentencing hearing, he took the stand where he denied killing his wife, placing blame on McCoy, the court documents said.
McCoy was not charged in the case. It is unclear if he was granted immunity for his testimony.