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Man, 35, who murdered boss's wife with axe when he was an Eagle Scout 17 years ago, executed after last meal of shrimp and grits, pancakes and carame









A death row prisoner was executed by lethal injection today for sexually assaulting and beating his former boss's wife to death with an axe handle in 1995.


Larry Matthew Puckett, 35, was pronounced dead at 6.18 pm at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, authorities said.

Puckett was an 18-year-old Eagle Scout when he was convicted of the murder of Rhonda Hatten Griffis, a 28-year-old mother of two, who was found dead in her mobile home on October 14, 1995.






Executed: Larry Matthew Puckett, 35, (right) was killed by lethal injection in Mississippi today after he murdered Rhonda Hatten Griffis at her home when he was 18 (left)

Puckett had previously worked as a landscaper for the woman's husband David Griffis in Hattiesburg, Mississippi but was due to ship out for basic training with the Navy.


The young woman's mother Nancy Hatten said she had discovered the teenage Puckett in the home with her daughter's dead body holding a club.


She said Puckett tried to blame the woman's husband, who arrived shortly afterwards and scuffled with the man. Puckett fled and was arrested two days later.





Puckett's supporters protested up until the hour of his execution claiming that Mrs Griffis' husband had killed her in a jealous rage. Puckett had also claimed that he had been having an affair with the woman and her husband caught them.


How the victim's mother said she found Puckett in the home holding an axe handle, which prosecutors believed was used in the killing.


Retribution: Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps hugs Nancy Hatten, mother of murder victim Rhonda Hatten Griffis, following the execution of Larry Matthew Puckett


Protest to the end: Mary Puckett led protesters last week as they made a last appeal to stop her son's execution in Mississippi

Nancy Hatten told The Associated Press last week: 'I caught him in her house with the club in his hand. Her husband wasn't anywhere on the premises at the time. He drove up later.'

After fleeing the home, the 18-year-old was captured and although he confessed to being at the home to rob it, he always denied killing the mother of two.


Puckett has been sentenced to death on August 5, 1996.


'My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.'


Governor Bryant who denied a last-minute appeal from Larry Matthew Puckett



Puckett's mother Mary led supporters to rally against her son's death sentence at the state Capitol in Jackson and appealed to Governor Phil Bryant to reduce the sentence to life without parole.


Governor Bryant issued a statement last week which read: 'In light of Mr. Puckett's having been convicted by a jury of his peers more than 15 years ago and after a review of the facts associated with his case, I have decided not to grant clemency and will not delay the execution.

'My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family.'

In his last hours, Puckett spent time with family and a spiritual adviser.


According to gulflive.com, he ate a last meal of Macadamia nut pancakes, shrimp and grits, ice cream cake, caramel candy and root beer.

Puckett had asked that his relatives and lawyer not be present for his execution but Mrs Griffis' parents were on the witness list.

Some 4,000 people had signed an online petition set up by Puckett's mother to try to persuade Governor Bryant to stop the execution.


Last moments: Puckett was killed by lethal injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at 6pm in front of his victim's parents



Protest: Demonstrators against the death penalty gathered outside the prison where the 35-year-old was killed



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2117970/Man-35-executed-killing-bosss-wife-axe-Eagle-Scout--17.html#ixzz1plWd1JVN


Added: Mar-21-2012 Occurred On: Mar-20-2012
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  • He should have been executed just for ordering macadamia nut pancakes, shrimp and grits, ice cream cake, caramel candy and root beer at the same sitting.

    I'm liking me some grits but with a side of eggs, slab of bacon and butter milk biscuits.

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  • Seventeen years before justice is done? Wayyyyyyy too long.

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  • Why do they wait 15 years to do this? Kill the murderer the minute he's found guilty in the court of law.

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  • The description after the photos make it sound like the prosecutors had a pretty good case.

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  • so he never confessed to killing her? maybe he came home found her dead and picked up the handle in shock and then the mom walked in. If he beat her to death he would have been covered in blood. thats FUCKED UP

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  • LOL!

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  • I want them to search for DNA evidence in this case. They may have executed an innocent man.

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    • @downhill2400 LARRY MATTHEW PUCKETT v STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

      On October 14, 1995, shortly before 5:00 p.m., Mrs. Rhonda Hatten Griffis, age 28, was found lying in a large pool of blood next to the couch in the living room of her home on 198 Sunrise Road, Petal, Mississippi. Mrs. Griffis was found wearing a t-shirt, and the only clothing on the lower part of her body was around her left foot. She had several gashes on the back of her head. There were other injuries to Mrs. Griffis' head, back, an More..

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    • @wandering idiot Thanks for the article. Obviously David was not an Eagle Scout as indicated in the heading of the poster of this video. They executed the right person no doubt about it.

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  • And what was the reason to stop the execution?

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  • Where's that guy comparing Sweden's criminal justice system to America's? Where'd you go buddy, lets talk!

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  • why pay to have this scum live in prison for almost 16 more years . they should have killed him in 1996 after sentencing . thats alot of money to spend on someone who's better off dead. we citizens are the ones who have to suffer the expense of his crime.

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  • LARRY MATTHEW PUCKETT v STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

    On October 14, 1995, shortly before 5:00 p.m., Mrs. Rhonda Hatten Griffis, age 28, was found lying in a large pool of blood next to the couch in the living room of her home on 198 Sunrise Road, Petal, Mississippi. Mrs. Griffis was found wearing a t-shirt, and the only clothing on the lower part of her body was around her left foot. She had several gashes on the back of her head. There were other injuries to Mrs. Griffis' head, back, and chest, inclu More..

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  • Have a nice trip, bastard.

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  • he admits to robbing but not killing...rot in hell matt and your protesters can suck it ! LOL

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  • Glad matt is dead

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  • If he did it then he got what was coming to him and if he didnt do it he missed a good chance.

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