Buell Claims Innocence; Girl's Family Says Justice Done
September 25, 2002 at 5:42 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:20 AM
The last words of Robert Buell, as transcribed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after his execution on Wednesday. The department also supplied a written statement from the Harrison family.
When asked if he had any final words, Buell said, "Yes, I do.
"I had invited the governor to be here today and Mrs. Taft, too. He obviously didn't come. Governor, if you can't bring your wife to your workplace, you are obviously ashamed of what you do. If you're ashamed of what you do, you shouldn't be doing it.
"Jerry and Shirley, I didn't kill your daughter. The prosecutor knows that and so do (name inaudible) and (name inaudible), and they left the real killer out there on the streets to kill again and again and again.
"So that some good may come of this, I ask that you continue to pursue this to the end. Do not let the prosecutor continue to spin this out of focus and force them to find out who really killed your daughter. That's all I have to say."
Written statement from the family of Krista Harrison, whom Buell was convicted of raping and strangling:
"The day our daughter and sister Krista was taken from us and the weeks that followed, we thought we would not survive. We have stayed very private the last 18 years waiting for justice to be done. Today is the day that happened. We came quietly and we will leave quietly."
Krista's father, Gerald Harrison, and his two sons, Dana and Mark, witnessed the execution.
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