Death row killer fears he’ll ‘fry like a piece of bacon’ on electric chair

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A prisoner on death row for murdering his ex-girlfriend's parents is reportedly terrified of dying in the electric chair, a supporter says.

Alli Sullivan, anti-death penalty campaigner, said Brad Sigmon told her he could not get over the "horror" that the prison was "getting ready to fry me like a piece of bacon".

Brad Sigmon, 63, had his "last meal" request of a shot of whiskey and two cigarettes turned down by the US state's Department of Corrections.

Sigmon was scheduled to die in an electric chair on Friday in what would have been South Carolina's first execution in 11 years.

But the state's Supreme Court gave a last-minute U-turn which has kept Sigmon out of the 109-year-old chair, Mirror Online reports.

Sigmon murdered his ex girlfriend's parents David Larke, 62, and Gladys Larke, 59.

The husband and wife were beaten to death with a baseball bat at their home in Taylors in April 2001 after their daughter ended a relationship with Sigmon.

After the two murders, Sigmon waited in the home and kidnapped ex-girlfriend Rebecca in her car when she arrived back from taking her children to school, according to court documents.

Rebecca was shot by Sigmon after she jumped out of the car, but luckily managed to survive and escape to safety.

A large-scale search was held for Sigmon and he was arrested a few days later.

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Ms Sullivan, anti-death campaigner, said Sigmon had expressed intense fears of dying in the electric chair and showed remorse during their phone conversations.

"He was super fearful of the fact it would be an electrocution," she told The Mirror.

"He made a comment like, 'I can’t get the horror of my mind that the state is getting ready to fry me like a piece of bacon'."

Ms Sullivan speaks to about 20 death row prisoners, and was in touch with Sigmon for more than a week as he prepared to die.

She said: "I wanted to reach and out say, 'I know you’re there because you did something, but I don’t believe they deserve to take your life'.

"The question came about his last meal. He said, 'a shot of whisky and two Newport cigarettes' … and they said, 'you know you can’t have that, what do you really want?'

"He said he didn't want anything for his last meal, that he would spend his last day praying and fasting."

She said Sigmon was "sorry" and showed remorse for his crimes.

South Carolina's Supreme Court halted the execution of Sigmon following a controversial change in the state's capital punishment law.

The Department of Corrections has not been able to obtain the needed drugs for a lethal injection – so lawmakers amended the law to make electric chair and firing squad the default method.

Sigmon's lawyers asked for executions to be halted, arguing that the state hadn't done enough to procure drugs for lethal injection.

They said electrocution would be cruel and unusual punishment, violating the countries Eighth Amendment.

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