A death row inmate in the US state of Arkansas has used his final words to address his victim’s family.
Jack Jones was put to death by lethal injection on Monday evening, more than 20 years after he brutally raped and murdered local bookkeeper Mary Phillips and assaulted her then 11-year-old daughter, Lacey.
Before his execution Jones said he wanted to let the family know how sorry he was.
Speaking of Lacey he said, “I can’t believe I did something to her. I tried to be respectful from the time I took and become a better person. I hope I did better. I hope over time you could learn who I really am and [that] I am not a monster.
“There was a reason why those things happened that day. I am so sorry Lacey; try to understand, I love you like my child.”