Oklahoma continues with execution spree – Gilbert Postelle killed by lethal injection
On Thursday morning in the US state of Oklahoma, 35-year-old Gilbert Postelle was executed by lethal injection.
He was sentenced to death for committing a quadruple murder with his brother, father and another man in 2005. They blamed one of the victims for an accident that resulted in serious injuries to Postelle’s father.
Postelle refrained from final words, but at the hearing before the clemency committee had accepted responsibility for his involvement in the crime and stated how much he regretted the act.
His attorney argued that his client had used methamphetamine almost daily from the age of 12 before becoming involved in the crime at 19.
“Today has brought no closure to anything,” the sister of one of the victims said after Postelle’s execution. “His family is grieving, just as our families have grieved for 17 years. Knowing he will never walk this earth again gives me a little more peace than yesterday.”
“He’s a different person than he was,” his attorney had told the Board of Pardons and Paroles. “I think he needs a certain amount of forgiveness because he grew up in an environment that was almost exclusively negative.”