TEXAS (USA). MAN EXECUTED FOR RAPE, MURDER OF 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL
October 28, 2008: A former plumbing supply salesman was executed in Texas for strangling and raping a 7-year-old girl whose body he hid in his attic.
Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, Eric Nenno replied, "No, warden."
Eight minutes after the lethal drugs began to flow, he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m. CDT.
The girl's father and grandfather were among the witnesses, but Nenno did not acknowledge them. Nicole Benton's grandfather walked up to the window separating him from Nenno and then turned around and walked to the back of the chamber.
Nenno, 47, confessed to the abduction and attack on Nicole two days after she disappeared from her dad's birthday party almost 14 years ago.
Then he led officers to her remains in his home in Hockley, about 35 miles northwest of Houston.
Nenno's appeals were exhausted and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously against commuting his sentence to life.
Nenno becomes the 13th condemned Texas inmate to be put to death this year and the 418th condemned inmate to be put to death in Texas since 1982. Nenno becomes the 29th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1128th overall since the nation resumed executions on Janaury 17, 1977. (Sources: AP, 28/10/2008)