Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It is reported that Eric Nenno's request for clemency from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has been rejected, clearing the way for lethal injection this evening. Nenno was convicted for the abduction, rape and strangling of a 7-year-old girl over a decade ago. His lawyers say he is a "a good man who committed a terrible crime," but also emphasize that he was in the Navy from 1979 to 1983, where he was exposed to toxic chemicals (in a steam and heat shop) that may have damaged brain areas controlling strong emotional impulses. Nenno adds that, at the time of the killing, he was drinking heavily and smoking pot. See story here.