Friday, 15 June 2007

Indiana executes cop killer after 17 years

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (UPI) -- Indiana executed death row inmate Michael Lambert by lethal injection Friday, more than 16 years after he shot and killed a Muncie, Ind., police officer.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Lambert's final appeal Thursday and officials at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City declared him dead at 12:29 a.m. Friday, the Muncie Star Press reported.

Lambert did not request a special final meal and made no statement.

He was arrested Dec. 28, 1990, in Muncie on public intoxication charges. Muncie police officer Gregg Winters was driving a handcuffed Lambert to a temporary jail when Lambert somehow produced a gun and shot the officer five times in the head and neck.

Winters died 11 days later.

His brother, Terry Winters, a deputy police chief for the Muncie Police Department, was the only representative of the Winters family to witness the execution, the newspaper said.

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