Texas Executes Man for 1988 Murder
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) _ A man who raped and killed a woman by stabbing her 79 times was executed by injection Wednesday.
Frank McFarland, 34, was the third Texas inmate to receive lethal injection in eight days and the sixth this year.
He was condemned for the Feb. 1, 1988 death of Terri Lynn Hokanson. The 26-year-old woman was still alive after the attack and was found by teen-agers as she staggered from behind a church in Hurst, a suburb northeast of Fort Worth.
In a final statement, he reiterated his claim of innocence.
``I owe no apology for a crime I did not commit,″ McFarland said.
McFarland finished his statement by saying ``Loch sloy.″ Family members told reporters the term is a battle cry for the McFarland clan in Scotland.
McFarland has said he was framed.
Prosecutors said the right man was punished.
``It’s too bad the system doesn’t have an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,″ said Kenneth Dies, who handled the case and now an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston. ``He should die by stab wounds 79 times. That young lady never had a chance.″