‘Death Before Dishonor’: Final Words of DE Condemned Killer


After four years of demanding swift execution, condemned killer Shannon M. Johnson got his wish at 2:55 a.m. Friday when he was put to death in Delaware, reports the News Journal of Wilmington. Johnson, convicted in 2008 of the love-triangle murder of Cameron Hamlin, was executed by lethal injection at Vaughn Correctional Center near Smryna.

In the death chamber, when Warden Perry Phelps asked Johnson if he had last words, the condemned man spoke briefly in a low voice that none of the media witnesses was able to hear. A Department of Correction spokesman quoted the words: “Loyalty is important. Without loyalty you have nothing. Death before dishonor.” He then made a statement in Arabic, closed his eyes and never reopened them.

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