Indiana man executed for 1994 killings

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An Indiana man convicted of killing his wife, her brother and the brother's wife almost 16 years ago died quietly by lethal injection early Friday.

Matthew Eric Wrinkles, 49, was pronounced dead at 12:39 a.m., the Evansville Courier & Press reported.


"Not at this time, let's get it done," Wrinkles said when asked if he had a last statement. "Let's lock and load. It's plagiarized, but what the hell."

Outside the state prison in Michigan City, demonstrators protested Indiana's first execution in two years.

On Thursday, Wrinkles spent time with relatives, including his son, Seth, and daughter, Lindsay. Doug Garrison, the Department of Correction chief spokesman, said the family had a "real connected time."

Wrinkles was found guilty of fatally shooting his estranged wife, Debra Jean Wrinkles, her brother, Mark Fulkerson, and Fulkerson's wife, Natalie Fulkerson.

Wrinkles' wife had moved in with her brother, and Wrinkles invaded the house in Evansville dressed in camouflage and shot his victims in front of his children. He had recently been released after three days in a mental health center, and police said he was on methamphetamine.

In the days before his execution, Wrinkles gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey and wrote the prosecutor in his case criticizing his handling of it. But he also ordered his lawyer not to seek clemency from the governor.


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