HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A thrice-convicted murderer who claims he was converted to Christianity by a kidnap victim has no fear of execution Wednesday because he 'knows where he's going afterward,' a spokesman for a Texas evangelist said.
Stephen Peter Morin asked that all appeals to halt his execution be stopped, but lawyer Gerald Goldstein of the Texas Civil Liberties Union said Monday he was searching for a friend or relative to intervene in court for him.
Morin, 34, scheduled to die before dawn Wednesday, today was taken on the 36-minute trip from death row to the Huntsville Unit where the execution chamber is located.
Morin 'apeared to be in good spirits,' prison spokesman Phil Guthrie said.
'At one point he jokingly asked the group if they'd like to stop and go fishing,' Guthrie said.
Morin has asked an attorney, an evangelist, a minister and a San Antonio couple to witness his execution.
None of the witnesses were expected to intervene in the case, officials said.
'It is a serious moment, a momentus moment in the life of Stephen Morin,' said Barton Green, editorial director for Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Fort Worth, Texas. 'He (Copeland) has been a spiritual adviser to Stephen over the last couple of years.'
Morin said he was converted to Christianity by his last kidnap victim, whom he abducted at gunpoint while escaping in December 1981 from San Antonio police hunting him for the murder of a young woman.
The kidnap victim testified at one of Morin's trials that she played Copeland's tapes as they drove around and talked to Morin of forgiveness.
He is sentenced to die for the Dec. 11, 1981, shooting death of Carrie Marie Scott, 21, outside a San Antonio restaurant.
'My last chance to see Steve was last Wednesday,' Green said. 'I was amazed at his composure. He's very calm.
'He's a man who knows his fate. He knows when, where and how. But he also knows where he's going afterward. He knows death is not the end.'
Other witnesses requested by Morin are Colorado lawyer Charles M.Radosevich, Bobby Minnis and Jonte and Patricia Murrey.
Radosevich handled Morin's appeal of his death sentence for the November 1981 murder of Denver waitress Sheila Ann Whalen, 23. Morin also was sentenced to death bor the Dec. 3, 1981, murder of Janna Bruce, 21, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Murreys are a San Antonio couple who have 'more or less taken him on as their son' and Minnis is a minister who has helped Morin work toward a degree in biblical studies, Green said.
Authorities also say Morin is a suspect in a string of rapes, murders and kidnappings in several areas, including San Francisco, Las Vegas and southern Utah. The Providence, R.I., native first served time in prison as a teenager in Florida.