Supreme Court denies stay; Alabama executes murder for hire killer

Associated Press - June 10, 2010 8:04 PM ET

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama corrections authorities say they executed John Forrest Parker at 6:41 p.m. CST Thursday.

Parker, executed for the 1988 murder of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett, told the woman's family, "I'm sorry, I don't ever expect you to forgive me. I really am sorry" moments before he died by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.

The Supreme Court denied efforts by Parker's attorney to halt his execution for the killing, part of a scheme allegedly arranged by her husband, a debt-ridden preacher.

The 42-year-old was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the killing of Sennett, a 45-year-old grandmother who was stabbed and beaten at her Colbert County home.

Prosecutors said Parker was 1 of 2 men paid $1,000 each by a third man on behalf of her husband, the Rev. Charles Sennett.

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