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Death Row Inmate Who Raped And Murdered 7-Year-Old Orders Deluxe Burger Combo Before Execution
Tennessee death row Billy Ray Irick has been on death row since the 80s, when he was convicted in the rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer.
Before he took his last breath, Billy Ray Irick wanted a burger.
At around 3 p.m. Thursday, he ordered his last meal - a "super deluxe combo," according to the Tennessean. The meal included a super deluxe burger, onion rings and a Pepsi.
The name of the restaurant that made the meal was not released "out of an abundance of caution," according to a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Corrections. There is a $20 limit on last meal requests.
The Tennessee death row inmate was the first man executed in almost a decade in the state, and he was pronounced dead at around 7:48 p.m., according to CBS News.
He was convicted in the murder and rape of a 7-year-old girl named Paula Dyer, in 1986.
Irick was babysitting the girl on April 15, 1985, when she complained of a fever and he laid her on her mother's bed, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. He would later tell police he blacked out from marijuana and alcohol. He called the girl's stepfather and said she wouldn't wake up. The stepfather came home and found Paula's half-naked body on the bed with a puddle of blood between her legs. She had been asphyxiated, possibly by a pillow. She was raped twice, orally and vaginally. The blood vessels in her eyes were burst.
At his execution, when asked if he wanted to say any last words, he sighed and said "no," according to CBS News. However, he changed his mind and said, "I just want to say I'm really sorry and that, that's it." Then he started snoring and two minutes later he turned dark purple.
The TDOC uses midazolam as a sedative, then the muscle-relaxer vecuronium bromide and finally potassium chloride to stop an inmate's heart.
[Photo: Tennessee Department of Corrections]