THE FINAL JOKE: I’M NOT PATRICK KNIGHT!

PATRICK KNIGHT LATEST: NOT ALL OF US ARE INNOCENT!

Condemned prisoner Patrick Knight was executed Tuesday evening for the deaths of an Amarillo-area couple without delivering a promised funny punch line.
In a final statement in which he said he would tell a joke, Knight thanked God for his friends and asked for help for innocent men on death row. He named several he said were innocent. His voice shaking and nearly in tears, he said, “Not all of us are innocent, but those are.”
After expressing love to some friends, he said, “I said I was going to tell a joke. Death has set me free. That’s the biggest joke. I deserve this.”
“And the other joke is that I am not Patrick Bryan Knight and y’all can’t stop this execution now. Go ahead, I’m finished.”
Nine minutes later at 6:21 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead.
Prison spokeswoman Michelle Lyons disputed Knight’s mistaken identity claim.
“We fingerprint them when they come over,” she said. Knight, 39, was the 18th inmate executed this year in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state, and the fourth this
month.
His appeals had been exhausted. The U.S. Supreme Court in February refused to review Knight’s case, and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles turned down a clemency request.
“Unfortunately, that’s basically it,” said Paul Mansur, Knight’s attorney.
Knight was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the fatal shootings of Walter Werner, 58, and his wife, Mary Ann, 56. Knight lived in a trailer next door to the couple’s home just outside Amarillo.
Knight told prison officials Tuesday afternoon when he arrived at the death house that he had as many as 1,300 jokes delivered to his cell on death row that he considered. He said he narrowed the list to seven, then to five, and ran those finalists past his condemned buddies to pick which one they liked the best and would deliver during his final statement.