Skip to comments.State Executes Convicted Killer William Rousan (Missouri Cattle Robbery)
Posted on 04/23/2014 12:11:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The state has carried out the execution of 57-year-old William Rousan, who was convicted of the 1993 murders of a rural southeast Missouri couple in 1993. He died by lethal injection at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center at Bonne Terre, not far from where he committed the murders for which he was condemned.
A lethal dose of pentobarbital was administered at approximately 12:01. When the curtain to the execution chamber was pulled back, Rousan was speaking continuously and looked at two people in the chamber where witnesses there for him sat. Some witnesses thought he told them, I love you. Less than a minute later he took two deep breaths and then stopped moving. He was officially pronounced dead at 12:10.
Rousan was sentenced to death for the murder of 62-year-old Grace Lewis and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her husband, 67-year-old Charles Lewis. Rousan, his then-16-year-old son Brent and his brother Robert carried out the murders as part of a plot to steal cattle from the couple.
Rousan in his final statement said, My trials and transgressions have been many. But thanks be to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I have a new home in his heavenly kingdom. May forgiveness and peace be found for all in our Lord Jesus Christ. In our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rousan was visited during the day by three siblings and one brothers spouse, a ministerial volunteer and a man identified as a friend of Rousans. Five members of the victims family were anticipated to witness the execution.
Rousans execution proceeded after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay his execution. His attorneys argued that secrecy regarding Missouris supply of pentobarbital could allow the use of a drug that would cause him undue suffering during his execution. Governor Jay Nixon (D) then denied a request for clemency for Rousan.
Rousans is the sixth execution carried out in as many months in Missouri. Russell Bucklew is scheduled to be executed May 21 for the 1996 murder of Michael Sanders.
On September 21, 1993 the trio discussed killing the couple on the way to the Lewis farm and agreed that if it had to be done it had to be done. They parked about 2 miles from the farm, pointing out the cattle they would steal as they drove past.
William and Brent Rousan argued about who would carry a .22 caliber rifle as they hiked through the woods toward the Lewis farm. The son said he was man enough to do whatever needed to be done, and his father eventually gave him the gun. He warned Brent that if they were caught they would fry. The three hid behind a fallen tree and waited for the couple.
As Charles Lewis was mowing the lawn he was fatally shot by Brent Rousan. Grace told her daughter on the phone she heard the gunshots and hung up to investigate. When she went outside she was shot by Brent Rousan but ran back inside the home. William Rousan followed her, put a garment bag over the upper part of her body and carried her back outside. He told Brent to finish her off, and the boy fired one shot into the side of her head killing her.
The Rousans took two cows, a VCR, jewelry, soda, two gas cans and a saddle. They buried Mr. and Mrs. Lewis later that night in a shallow grave and covered it with cement and manure.
The tree escaped capture for nearly a year before the VCR was sold to a pawn shop, leading police to the Rousans.
Robert Rousan testified against his brother and pleaded guilty to second degree murder. He has since been released from prison. Brent Rousan is serving a life sentence.
Not that any one murderer is better than another, but I googled up what these Rousan family looked like and I must say that they sure look like some slack jawed country ass yokels.
Those were three books you can judge by the cover.
A happy ending to a terrible crime. Too bad the other two couldn’t have matching tables and IVs.
21 years to late however...
Silly me, I thought my state took top honors in the dumbass department.
[His attorneys argued that secrecy regarding Missouris supply of pentobarbital could allow the use of a drug that would cause him undue suffering during his execution.]
The real intent in learning the source of the pentobarbital is so death penalty opponents can publicize the name of the supplier and harass them until they stop selling the drug to the state.
Death penalty in a cattle rustling case? I thought rustling was now FedGov policy.
I hope he was sincere.
This guy should be trampled by cattle as the method for death.