Mentally Ill Robber-Murderer Executed in Arkansas


Charles Singleton, a convicted murderer with a history of severe mental illness who had been on Arkansas’ death row longer than any other inmate, was put to death Tuesday night by lethal injection for killing a woman during a robbery.

Singleton’s case had attracted the attention of mental health organizations and death penalty opponents.

Singleton was 19 when he stabbed Mary Lou York to death while robbing a small grocery store. She identified him before she died.

Before the execution, when asked if he wanted to make a final statement, Singleton, 44, said, “I was going to speak, but I wrote it down. I’ll leave it up to the warden.”

Tyler later read Singleton’s written statement, which was a largely rambling missive peppered with Biblical references.


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