MISSISSIPPI – Gary Carl Simmons – Execution june 20 – Last Hours EXECUTED 6:16 p.m


Last Statement

“I’ve been blessed to be loved by some good people, by some amazing people. I thank them for their support. Let’s get it on so these people can go home. That’s it,” Simmons said as he lay strapped on a gurney in the execution chamber moments before the procedure was carried out.

Once the drugs began flowing, Simmons took a few deep breaths and yawned before going motionless.

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June 20, 2012 Execution of Gary Carl Simmons 7:00 p.m. News Briefing

Parchman, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) today conducted the mandated execution of state inmate Gary Carl Simmons. Inmate Simmons was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
MDOC Commissioner Christopher Epps said during a press conference following the execution that the evening signified the close of the Gary Carl Simmons case. Simmons was sentenced to death in 1997 for the crime of capital murder of Jeffery Wolfe in Jackson County, Miss.
“For the third time this month, the cause of justice has been championed. The State of Mississippi – Department of Corrections has carried out the mandated execution of death row inmate Gary Carl Simmons,” said MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps. “Through the course of nearly 16 years, death row inmate Gary Carl Simmons was afforded his day in court and in the finality, his conviction was upheld.”
“I ask that you join me in prayer for the family of Jeffery Wolfe. The entire MDOC family hopes you may now embark on the process of healing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you continue life’s journey,” said Epps.
Epps concluded his comments by commending Deputy Commissioner of Institutions Emmitt Sparkman, Parchman Penitentiary Superintendent Earnest Lee, Mississippi State Penitentiary security staff and the entire staff of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for their professionalism during the process.

June 20, 2012 Scheduled Execution of Gary Carl Simmons 4:45 p.m. News Briefing
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Parchman, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) today briefed members of the news media of death row Inmate Gary Carl Simmons’ activities from 2:00 p.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m., including telephone calls and visits.
Inmate Simmons’ Collect Telephone Calls
Today, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
None
Update to Inmate Simmons’ Visits
Family visitors, Belinda Simmons Bowen (sister) and Anthony Bowen (brother-in-law) arrived at Unit 17 at 1:30 pm and left at 3:00 p.m.
Attorney Harvey Barton visited with inmate Simmons from 3:00 p.m. until 3:22 p.m.
His spiritual advisor, David Lowery, visited with inmate Simmons from 3:22 p.m. until 4:00pm.
Activities of Inmate Simmons:
Inmate Simmons has eaten at least half of his last meal. He has sampled everything except one bag of chips and is still eating.
Inmate Simmons does want to take a shower.
He does not want a sedative.
Inmate Simmons remains under observation. Officers have observed Inmate Simmons as being slightly more upbeat since visiting with his spiritual advisor.

June 20, 2012 Scheduled Execution of Gary Carl Simmons 2:00 p.m. News Briefing
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Parchman, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) will hold three news briefings today related to events surrounding the Wednesday, June 20, 2012 scheduled execution of death row Inmate Gary Carl Simmons, MDOC #R1943. The following is an  update on Inmate Simmons’ recent visits and telephone calls, activities, last meal to be served, and the official list of execution witnesses.
Approved visitation list:
 Belinda Simmons Bowen (sister)
 Anthony Bowen (brother-in-law)
 Harvey Barton (attorney)
 Scott Johnson (attorney)
 David Lowery (spiritual advisor)
 Father Tim Murphy (MDOC Chaplain)

Visits with Inmate Gary Carl Simmons
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Harvey Barton (attorney)
Visits today, thus far:
None

Activities of Simmons
Inmate Simmons was transferred from Unit 29 to Unit 17 on Monday at 6:00 p.m.
This morning, at Unit 17, for breakfast at 5:36 a.m. inmate Simmons was offered 1
serving of scrambled eggs, 1 slice of ham, 1 serving of Frosty Flakes cereal, 1 biscuit,
4 packs of sugar, 2 boxes of milk and 1 cup of coffee. He ate the serving of eggs, and
drank 2 boxes of milk and the coffee.
Inmate Simmons was offered lunch today at 10:54 a.m., which included 1 meatloaf
patty, 4 ounces of rice, 4 ounces of salad with dressing, 2 pieces of cornbread, 3
ounces of gravy, and 1 cup of punch. He ate all of the salad with dressing, half of the
meatloaf patty and drank half of the punch.
Inmate Simmons has access to a telephone to place unlimited collect calls to persons
on his approved telephone list. He will have access today, June 20th until 5:00 p.m.
Approved Telephone List
 Cheryl Bullied (friend)
 Lori Lucus (ex-wife)
 Robert Taylor (uncle)
 Glen Swartzfager (attorney)
 Kathleen Blackmon (sister)
Inmate Simmons’ Collect Telephone Calls
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
One phone call to Glen Swartzfager (attorney)
Today, June 20, 2012
Two phone calls to Kathleen Blackmon (sister)
According to the MDOC correctional officers that are posted outside his cell, Inmate Simmons is observed to be in a somber mood and is not talkative.
Simmons’ Remains
Inmate Simmons has requested that his body be released to Belinda Bowen (sister) via Legacy Funeral Services, Denver, Colorado.
Last Meal
Inmate Simmons requested the following as his last meal: one Pizza Hut medium super supreme deep dish (thin crust if available) pizza, double portion: tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, jalapeño pepper slices and pepperoni. Regular portion: 3 cheeses, olives, bell peppers, tomato, garlic and Italian sausage. Ten (8oz) packs of parmesan cheese, ten (8oz)
packs of Ranch dressing, One (16oz) family size bag of Doritos nacho cheese chips, 8oz jalapeño nacho cheese, 4oz sliced jalapeño peppers, 2 large strawberry milkshakes, two (20oz) cherry Cokes, one super-sized order McDonald’s French fries (extra ketchup and mayonnaise) and two pints strawberry ice cream (any brand)

Execution Witnesses
Spiritual Advisor(s) for the condemned Inmate Simmons requested his spiritual advisors,
David Lowery and Father Tim Murphy, witness the execution.
Attorney(s) for the condemned Harvey Barton and Scott Johnson.
Member(s) of the condemned’s family Inmate Simmons’ family member, Belinda Simmons
Bowen (sister), will witness the execution.
Member(s) of the victims’ family Paskiel Wolfe (father of Jeffery Wolfe) and Linda
Wolfe (step-mother of Jeffery Wolfe) will witness the execution.
Sheriffs Sheriff James Haywood, Sunflower County
Sheriff Mike Byrd, Jackson County

Members of the Media

Margaret Baker
Sun Herald
Biloxi, MS
Brittany Davis
Enterprise-Tocsin
Indianola, MS
Holbrook “Bert” Mohr
Associated Press
Jackson, MS
Doug Walker Wineki
WLOX – TV
Biloxi, MS

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