An Oklahoma death row inmate was put to death on Thursday for the 1993 savage murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old kid, but not before the state provided him with a farewell fast food meal. At 10:24 a.m., on his 63rd birthday, Richard Fairchild was pronounced dead after receiving a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
According to official reports, his final dinner included two-Quarter Pounders with cheese, a large container of fries, a large Coca-Cola, a pumpkin pie, and a pint of chocolate ice cream. When Adam Broomhall wet the bed and woke up crying, ex-Marine Fairchild was convicted of murder.
Fairchild was accused of holding Adam’s 24-pound body against a furnace and throwing him inside after spending the night drinking with his girlfriend.
Prosecutors from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office wrote to the state Pardon and Parole Board that “the method of Adam’s death can only be regarded as torture,” and the board voted 4-1 last month against recommending clemency for Fairchild.
The execution of Fairchild was one of four set around the country over the course of two days and the seventh in Oklahoma since the state reintroduced capital punishment in October 2021. After two executions in Texas and one in Arizona on Wednesday, Fairchild became the 16th inmate to be executed in the United States this year. Later on Thursday, Alabama was planning to carry out another execution.
Over the summer, Oklahoma’s attorney general requested that the state’s highest criminal appeals court schedule more than 24 executions. Fairchild’s lawyers maintained that their client was a victim of childhood abuse, suffered from mental illness, and deeply regretted his acts.
One of Fairchild’s lawyers, Emma Rolls, told the Pardon and Parole Board that “as Richard Fairchild’s brain has deteriorated, he has descended into psychosis.” Richard has lost contact with reality, yet he is still sorry for what he did and has a spotless prison record. There’s no moral justification for Oklahoma to carry out the death penalty in this case.
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