Gary Carl Simmons was executed Tuesday night after being convicted in 1996 of the murder of Jeffrey Wolfe as well as the kidnapping and rape of Wolfe's female friend, Mississippi Public Broadcasting reported.
After the execution, Wolfe's stepmother, Linda Wolfe, said Simmons never apologized for the murder.
"Did he tell us, 'I am sorry. I wish I could take it back'? No, He didn't take nothing back. Like he said, 'Let's get it over with. Let's get done so these people can go home'. Well that is where we are going. We are going back to Houston, Texas, and our hearts are proud. And we are proud of y'all. And thank y'all for every prayer, every thought and everything you have done the last 16 years," Linda Wolfe said.
Outside the state penitentiary, protesters gathered against the execution.
"It is obviously not going to stop any this year but it might make a person or two or three or ten who drive by think about it. And that is what education is all about is getting people to stop and think. Obviously it won't stop and it won't step the next ones but maybe next or in two years or in ten years," said protester James Bowley.