Of course, given Arizona’s rivalry with Oklahoma in football, it could also be the ultimate late nose thumbing since Arizona is ranked 16th in the AP poll this week as opposed to the Sooners in 11th place.
Landigran gave his final words after a majority of Supreme Court justices vacated a federal judge’s order to halt the execution: “I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to my family for being here and all of my friends. Boomer Sooner.”
The lower court had placed the hold on the execution after defense lawyers argued that the drugs used in the execution might not meet US standards (after learning that the state would not reveal its supplier). As such, they claimed, it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment.
He was convicted of the murder of Chester Dean Dyer in 1989.