- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A convicted killer in Missouri used the moments before his execution Tuesday to tell fellow inmates they should “embrace” and “celebrate” their own death sentences.

“For those who remain on death row, understand that everyone is going to die. Statistically speaking, we have a much easier death than most,” David Zink, 55, said in a written statement, The Associated Press reported. “So I encourage you to embrace it and celebrate our true liberation before society figures it out and condemns us to life without parole and we too will die a lingering death.”

Zink was executed by lethal injection for killing 19-year-old Amanda Morton after sexually assaulting her in 2001. The attack occurred after Zink, who had been recently paroled after spending 20 years in a Texas prison for a rape and abduction conviction, hit her car while driving drunk.

The convict also used his last remaining moments to apologize to the Morton family.

“I offer my sincerest apology to Amanda Morton’s family and friends for my actions,” he said in his statement, AP reported.

Zink had filed an appeal to stop his execution, claiming the death penalty was unconstitutional, but was denied Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, AP reported.

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