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World’s Oldest Death Row Inmate Executed 32 Years After Killing A Cop

World’s Oldest Death Row Inmate Executed 32 Years After Killing A Cop

World’s Oldest Death Row Inmate Executed 32 Years After Killing A Cop

The world’s oldest ever death row inmate has been executed by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville.

Carl Wayne Buntion, 78, was the oldest killer awaiting execution in the southern state.

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He was pronounced dead on Thursday night, April 21.

World's Oldest Death Row Inmate Executed 32 Years After Killing A Cop
World’s Oldest Death Row Inmate Executed 32 Years After Killing A Cop

Buntion fatally shot Houston Police Officer James Irby, 37, in June 1990, at a traffic stop.

Irby had pulled alongside the car when Buntion, sitting in the passenger seat, shot him in the head as he spoke with the driver.

The Oldest Death Row Inmate In The World Has Been  Executed After 32 Years 

The 78-year-old, who had an extensive criminal record already, actually tried to leave the car during the traffic stop but was ordered to return by the officer.

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According to witnesses in a neighboring automobile, he then opened fire on Irby and another cop, killing Irby and wounding the second officer.

He then escaped on foot until surrendering and being convicted of capital murder and condemned to death the following year.

He hasn’t admitted to shooting and killing Irby, but claims it was in self-defense.

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Days before his execution Buntion was interviewed by KHOU11 and he told the outlet that he has regretted the murder “every day for the last 32 years”.

World’s Oldest Death Row Inmate Executed After 32 Years 

He added: “If that was Mrs Irby sitting right there, I’d tell her the same thing: ‘I’m sorry it happened.’ My heart aches every day for her and her and her kids.

“Maybe by me being executed, maybe they can finally put this thing behind them.”

Mrs Irby, along with her son and daughter were present at the prison to witness the execution.

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