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'Mad-dog killer' Pruett executed in Arkansas

HDN | 4/14/1999 12:00:00 AM |

Varner, Arkansas - The Associated Press A man who murdered five people after entering the federal witness-protection program was executed for the 1981 slaying of a convenience store clerk. Marion Albert Pruett, 49, asked God and his victims for forgiveness, then closed his eyes as he was injected early on Tuesday. "I would also like to ask all the people that I ever hurt, and their family members, to forgive me for all the pain," he said. "And I forgive everybody for what's about to

Varner, Arkansas - The Associated Press

A man who murdered five people after entering the federal witness-protection program was executed for the 1981 slaying of a convenience store clerk.

Marion Albert Pruett, 49, asked God and his victims for forgiveness, then closed his eyes as he was injected early on Tuesday.

"I would also like to ask all the people that I ever hurt, and their family members, to forgive me for all the pain," he said. "And I forgive everybody for what's about to happen to me."

Pruett was sentenced to death for the October 1981 killing of an Arkansas convenience store clerk -- one of three people he killed that week.

While serving time in Georgia for bank robbery, he testified against another inmate in the slaying of his cellmate and was released in 1979 and placed in the protection program. He later said he committed the murder.

Pruett killed three people in a weeklong streak of terror that led him to dub himself a "mad-dog killer." Earlier in 1981, Pruett had killed his wife in New Mexico, and a Mississippi bank loan officer. Four days after killing the first convenience store clerk, Pruett killed two other store workers in Colorado.

He received life sentences in the four killings outside Arkansas. At his New Mexico trial, he said he was driven by a cocaine habit that reached $4,000 a week. Pruett killed his wife with a hammer. The others were shot.

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