Wednesday, January 19, 2005


With relatives of his victims watching intently, Donald Beardslee was executed by lethal injection Wednesday nearly a quarter-century after murdering two women over a drug deal. Beardslee was declared dead by San Quentin State Prison officials at 12:29 a.m., becoming the first California inmate put to death since 2002 and the 11th since the state resumed executions in 1992.
He was injected with a sedative, a paralyzing agent and finally a dose of poison to stop his heart – a process that took less than 10 minutes before Beardslee drew his final breath. Officials said Beardslee did not make a final statement.