Family of Ralph Ablanedo expresses relief after 32-year wait; David Lee Powell makes no final statement.
Credit: Alberto Martínez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
After the execution of David Lee Powell was carried out Tuesday evening, loved ones of victim Ralph Ablanedo left the prison unit, including, from left, friend Bruce Mills and widow Judy Mills. Powell made no final statement before he was put to death.
By: Tony Plohetski and Chuck Lindell
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
HUNTSVILLE — Declining to make a final statement, David Lee Powell was executed Tuesday for killing an Austin police officer 32 years ago as seven members of his victim's family watched silently from a nearby window.
Strapped to the execution gurney with intravenous lines already inserted, Powell kept his eyes locked on members of officer Ralph Ablanedo's family but did not acknowledge Warden Charles O'Reilly's invitation to speak.
His head still turned toward the window, Powell half closed his eyes as the lethal combination of drugs began flowing at 6:10 p.m.
Ablanedo's widow, Judy Mills, gripped the hand of son Steve Mills and cried quietly as the drugs took effect.