Nevada prison officials moved ahead with final plans for the 9 p.m. Wednesday execution of condemned inmate Daryl Mack, who claims he didn't commit the murder that got him a death sentence - but won't file an available appeal.
Mack, 47, sentenced to death for the 1988 rape and murder of a
Reno woman, was described Tuesday by prison system spokesman Fritz
Schlottman as "pretty resigned at this point" to not seeking a
Schlottman said Mack was reading and watching television in a
high-security cell at Nevada State Prison. He added the inmate has
requested a final meal Wednesday of a fish sandwich, french fries
and soda pop.
Mack, a Muslim, has access to a religious adviser, lawyer and a
prison psychologist. But the only request he made to see anyone was
to visit with a cousin, who's also an inmate at NSP. Schlottman
also said Mack can have a sedative but had not yet requested one.
The execution would be Nevada's 12th - and the first of a black
convict - since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty
30 years ago. Mack also would be the first to be executed in this
state based solely on DNA evidence.
He was serving a no-parole life term in prison for murdering Kim
Parks in 1994 in a Reno motel when he was linked through DNA
evidence to the murder of Betty Jane May, 55, and convicted. A
three-judge panel sentenced him to death in 2002.
The condemned inmate also would be the 11th "volunteer," out
of a dozen men executed here since 1976, to not pursue available
appeals that would stop his lethal injection.
The execution had been scheduled for late last year but was
stayed by the state Supreme Court. The stay was lifted in February
when the high court dismissed a petition filed by Viola Mack, the
condemned inmate's mother, who claimed that her son didn't get a
fair competency hearing.
Mack says he'd rather be executed than spend the rest of his
life locked up on death row - even though he claims to not have
raped and strangled May in the southwest Reno boarding house where
Dan Greco, a chief deputy Washoe County district attorney who
oversaw Mack's prosecution, has said the death penalty is clearly
warranted in Mack's case. He terms Mack "a perfect example of the
worst of the worst."
May's children, Charles May, 48, of Reno, Denise Notinelli, 44,
of Los Angeles, and Alana Coy, 42, of Kentucky, all plan to witness
Mack's execution. Charles May says the execution is "long
overdue" and the family wants to see justice carried out.
Death penalty foes hope Mack will change his mind and seek a
stay. They plan a vigil outside the prison gates, starting about
two hours before the scheduled execution.
Unless a stay is sought, Mack will be led through a
submarine-type door into the death chamber and be strapped to a
gurney. Prison workers then will hook up intravenous tubes through
which three deadly chemicals will flow.
Mack will first get an overdose of sodium thiopental, a
"downer" that will make him unconscious and can cause death.
Another drug, pancuroniam bromide, stops breathing by paralyzing
the lungs, and a third, potassium chloride, stops the heart.
The last execution in Nevada was in August 2004 when Terry Jess
Dennis was put to death for strangling a woman in a Reno motel in