HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Texas killer apologized to the family of his three victims Tuesday before he was executed by lethal injection for their murders.
Samuel Gallamore was sentenced to death for the 1992 murders of Clayton Kenney, 83; his partially-paralyzed wife, Juliana, 74, and their daughter, Adrienne Arnot, 44, at their rural home near Kerrville in central Texas.
In a written statement Gallamore prepared before the execution the condemned man apologized for the murders to a relative of the victims who was a witness.
"I would like to apologize and say how sorry I am but words seem so hollow and cheap," he said. "Their death should not have happened, but it did. I'm so sorry that all of this took place."
Gallamore, 31, was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m.
Gallamore and an accomplice were on crack cocaine the night of March 29, 1992, when they went to the Kenney house looking for drug money. His partner had once cared for Mrs. Kenney at an area nursing home.
Gallamore and his accomplice forced their way into the country home and beat and stabbed all the victims. After killing them, they fled with cash and valuables, including silver servings and a rare spoon collection.
Gallamore gave two tape-recorded confessions to police and they were played for the jury that sentenced him to death in February 1994.
Gallamore was the first of 18 convicted killers currently scheduled for execution in Texas this year. Thirty-three were executed last year by the state and 290 have been put to death since the state restored the death penalty in 1982.