LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Ohio executed a two-time murderer yesterday for beating and stomping to death a fellow jail inmate days after the two had argued over what to watch on television.
Clarence Carter, 49, died at 10:25 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. He was the second inmate in the nation killed using the surgical sedative pentobarbital as a stand-alone execution drug.
Carter, who was waiting to be sentenced for another aggravated murder when he attacked Johnny Allen Jr. in 1988, looked to see if any Allen family members were present to witness his execution. Seeing none, he went ahead with an apology. “I’d like to say I’m sorry for what I did, especially to his mother. I ask God for forgiveness and them for forgiveness,’’ he said.
He smiled and nodded at his brother, who was watching from a room separated from the execution chamber by a window, and appeared to pray as the lethal injection began. After several deep breaths, his eyes closed. He fell still about a minute into the procedure.
Allen’s mother, Helen L. Bonner, did not attend but released a statement saying she has no animosity against Carter and has forgiven him.
“But my forgiveness of him will never ease the pain of the loss of my son,’’ she wrote.
Allen died two weeks after the December 1988 beating in the Hamilton County jail in Cincinnati. Investigators said Carter punched, choked, kicked, and stomped on Allen for a half-hour, intermittently stopping to mop blood from his sneakers. Witnesses said Carter had punched Allen earlier in the month when one of the men changed a TV channel.
Allen was being held on a theft charge. Carter was in the jail waiting to be sentenced for aggravated murder in the death of Michael Hadnot.
Carter told the Ohio Parole Board in February that Hadnot was a fellow drug trafficker he killed over the theft of drugs, money, and incriminating documents from an operation in which both were involved.