An Oklahoma execution was completed this week for a 48-year-old man, Johnny Dale Black, who was charged and convicted with the stabbing and murder of a middle-aged horse trainer from Ringling back in 1988. The man was officially pronounced dead on Tuesday at 6:08 p.m., while his mother wept and watched on during the lethal injection procedure. MSN Crime shares the specifics of what happened at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
The Oklahoma execution of Johnny Dale Black marks the second inmate to be executed by the state in the previous two weeks alone. For the whole 2013 year, he is the sixth individual to be put to death in Oklahoma for a grievous crime or crimes.
Back in 1988, Black was accused then charged of murder in the first degree for the fatal stabbing of a 54-year-old horse trainer named Bill Pogue. He attacked the man in a sudden attack on the roadside in a south Oklahoma town (Ringling), cutting the man 11 times and leaving him with punctured lungs and several broken ribs, noted the autopsy report.
Although fellow victim Rick Lewis, Pogue’s son-in-law, was also brutally stabbed a dozen times by the Oklahoma man, he managed to survive the ordeal.
In a formal hearing last month prior to the Oklahoma execution's completion, Black asked for forgiveness for his violent actions, reasserting that he only meant to protect his own brother from Pogue. The two Black brothers allegedly got into the violent argument after mistaking a car for someone else’s with the Pogue’s.
"I deserve to be punished for what I did, but not for defending my family," Johnny Black told the Patrol board in November.
Adds the press release:
“About 15 minutes before the execution, fellow death row inmates began banging the doors of their cells in a tribute to the condemned man. Witnesses to the execution included Black's mother, his attorney and a spiritual adviser. Four members of the victim's family also attended.”
As the drug cocktail was injected, Black locked eyes with his mother, who was crying in a screened room.
"This isn't accomplishing anything," Black said. "It's just another death, another family destroyed." Black did not apologize to the victim's family, nor did he ever acknowledge the crime he was found guilty of and sentenced to execution.
"I love everybody. I love you. You can count on that, Momma,” were his final words.