Alfred Bourgeois, left, was executed for killing his daughter on Friday night. Anti-capital punishment campaigners, right, protested outside the prison where he was put to death (Pictures: AP)
A trucker who joked about fatally abusing his two year-old daughter suffered uncontrollable stomach heaving as he was put to death. Alfred Bourgeois, 56, quivered and exhaled rhythmically as he was given a lethal injection of pentobarbital at a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Friday night.
The murderer was also seen grimacing, and sitting with his mouth open in the sound-proofed room as he died, although it is unclear if he was yelling.
Shortly before being put to death, an unrepentant Bourgeois hit out at those he said had wrongly convicted him of the 2002 murder of his daughter Jakaren Harrison, and claimed he had been framed.
He said: ‘In no form of fashion did murder, rape, or sexually molest my daughter or anyone else in my whole life. I did not commit this crime. I love my kids with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Bourgeois was put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Friday night (Picture: AP)
‘I confess and repent to God all I have ever said and done against your will. I ask for forgiveness for all those who planted and plotted evidence in my home and truck.
‘For they know not what they did. God, I love you with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I pray you welcome me into your kingdom. As I close my eyes may I enter into your hands and kingdom.’
But the killer’s version of events was quickly refuted by Jakaren’s family, who later released a statement branding Bourgeois ‘a monster’ and saying that ‘justice’ had been served.
Bourgeois fatally attacked Jakaren after she tipped over her potty in the cab of his 18-wheeler truck by banging her head off its dashboard and windows four times.
He inflicted a lengthy campaign of physical and sexual abuse on Jakaren and concealed the toddler’s injuries with socks and sunglasses.
The killer always maintained his innocence – but cracked a joke about Jakaren’s death while being held in prison ahead of his trial, saying ‘that (expletive) baby’s head got as big as a watermelon.’
Jurors took just two hours to convict Bourgeois of Jakaren’s murder in 2004, and recommended that he be sentenced to death.
He became the 10th federal prisoner to be executed by the US government since Donald Trump ordered federal executions to re-commence after a 17 year hiatus.
Prisoners executed during the interim period were put to death by individual US states.
Bourgeois’s lawyers said that his IQ meant he was intellectually disabled, and that he should not have been executed. They had instead unsuccessfully argued for him to be jailed for the remainder of his life.
Anti-death penalty campaigners have protested against the resumption in executions, with social media star Kim Kardashian trying unsuccessfully to spare Brandon Bernard, who was also executed last week.
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