Ask and You Shall Receive … Child Killer Marco Allen Chapman Asked for Death and Kentucky Executed his Wish


Ask and you shall receive …

Marco Allen Chapman, a confessed child killer requested that he be put to death and resisted all efforts of appeal for the crimes he committed in 2002. Chapman, setting aside the fact that he is a child killer, one almost has to give Marco Allen Chapman some credit as to taking some responsibility of punishment for his crimes. He asked to be put to death and fought for the right to fire his attorneys to clear the way. Why waste the courts time and the tax payers money when Chapman knew what he did, knew he was guilty and wanted to be put to death. His wish was finally granted last night.

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Chapman was executed by lethal injection Nov. 21, 2008 at about 7:30 p.m. CST at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, Ky., for the murders of two children in the northern Kentucky town of Warsaw.

Read here regarding the unprecedented case in Kentucky posing the question of whether a defendant can waive all his rights and request an execution. In the end of course there were misguided individuals who wanted to go against an individuals wishes due to their anti-death penalty agenda. There were the misguided souls at Amnesty International that would actually want to fight against a private citizens request and right to the death penalty.

The state of Kentucky had its first execution in 9 years Friday when confessed child killer Marco Allen Chapman was put to death by means of lethal injection.  Chapman was pronounced dead at 7:34 p.m. CST. Chapman accepted responsibility for his crimes and was put to death. Hopefully the victims of his crimes can now find peace and the two murdered children, Cody and Chelbi can rest in eternal peace.

In 2002 Marco Allen Chapman stabbed Carolyn Marksberry and her three children. The knife attack left mother Carolyn and her 10 year old daughter Courtney Sharon wounded while 6 year old Cody Sharon and his 7 year old sister Chelbi Sharon were killed.  

Marco Allen Chapman pleaded guilty the the murder crimes in 2007 and asked to be executed. In the end Chapman did what very few convicted criminal do, he took responsibility for his actions and wanted as punishment to be put to death. Hopefully this in some small way will provide some peace to all his victims.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Chapman said to witnesses before his execution. He lifted his head off the gurney, looked into the victim’s witness room and spoke.

“I just want you to know that I’m not a monster, but I committed a monstrous, evil act,” Chapman said. “This is the man I am, willing to give his life.”

His last words were “yes, sir,” when the warden asked him if he was ready to proceed.

The mother Carolyn Marksberry who survived Chapman’s attack said in a statement that the execution may allow her two slain children to “truly rest in peace.”

“I believe the tears shed today should be for the victims of this crime, not Marco Chapman,” Marksberry said in the statement. “Marco Chapman committed the crimes, accepted responsibility for those crimes and then decided his own fate.”

News 5 Blogs the Chapman Execution

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    7 Responses to “Ask and You Shall Receive … Child Killer Marco Allen Chapman Asked for Death and Kentucky Executed his Wish”

    1. Maggie on November 22nd, 2008 2:27 pm

      Sometimes I am torn about the death penalty..but when it comes to little kids, I know what I would like to do if it were my child as the victim would probably make execution look good.

      The prison that executed Timothy McVeigh is getting ready for another one..

      Army to execute soldier at Terre Haute Federal Prison

      First military execution since 1961

      By John Milburn
      Associated Press

      FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A former Army cook convicted of multiple rapes and murders is set to die next month in what would be the U.S. military’s first execution in nearly 50 years.

      The military said Thursday that former North Carolina soldier Ronald A. Gray is to be executed Dec. 10 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind.

      Gray was arrested in connection with four slayings and eight rapes in the Fayetteville, N.C., area between April 1986 and January 1987, while he was stationed at Fort Bragg. He was convicted of murdering two women.

      President Bush approved Gray’s execution in July, and a month later Army Secretary Pete Geren set the execution date and ordered that Gray be put to death by injection. The date was publicly released Thursday.

      “The Army is moving forward with plans to fulfill the court-martial sentence,” said Army spokesman Lt. Col. George Wright.

      Gray has appealed his case through military courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case in 2001. Wright said Gray had two legal options remaining: filing a petition with a federal appellate court to stay the execution, or request that the president reconsider approval of the execution.

      Army personnel will be responsible for conducting the execution in Indiana based on an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

      Only 10 members of the military have been executed since 1951, when the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military’s modern-day legal system, was enacted.

      President Eisenhower was the last president to approve a military execution. That was for John Bennett, who was hanged in 1961 for raping and attempting to kill an 11-year-old Austrian girl.

      On Feb. 12, 1962, President Kennedy commuted the death sentence of Jimmy Henderson, a Navy seaman, to confinement for life.

      Gray, 43, is being confined at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. He was convicted by a six-member court-martial panel for:

      • Raping and killing Army Pvt. Laura Lee Vickery-Clay of Fayetteville on Dec. 15, 1986. She was shot four times with a .22-caliber pistol that Gray confessed to stealing. She also suffered blunt force trauma over much of her body.

      • Raping and killing Kimberly Ann Ruggles, a civilian cab driver in Fayetteville. She was bound, gagged, stabbed repeatedly and had bruises and lacerations on her face. Her body was found on the base.

      • Raping, robbing and attempting to kill an Army private in her barracks at Fort Bragg on Jan. 3, 1987. The victim testified against Gray and identified him as her assailant. Gray raped her and stabbed her several times in the neck and side.

      Wright said there are four other members of the military — two soldiers, a Marine and one Air Force airman — under sentence of death.

    2. txchic on November 22nd, 2008 3:41 pm

      okay if this happened in 2002 this jerk had plenty of time to commit suicide if he really wanted to save the taxpayers some money. what a creep.

    3. Fox Fire on November 22nd, 2008 5:49 pm


      Maybe he’s smarter than you think?!?


      It must be hell…

      living in an uncontrollable shell.


      Pull the plug!

    4. Richard on November 23rd, 2008 12:17 am

      If he wants to go to Hell, why put up barriers?

    5. nurturer on November 23rd, 2008 8:32 am

      Despite all the bad news about the country right now, there is some good news afterall.

    6. Richard on November 23rd, 2008 10:59 am

      As poster #2 said, note that the crime took place in 2002 and the execution in 2008. The difference of six years is the same as the number of years that one of the children lived.

      At least the state of Kentucky did what was right. Whether the criminal sought this punishment or not, however, should not have been a consideration.

    7. ANewGirl on November 23rd, 2008 1:33 pm

      #5 Nuturer- LOL =) This man deserved worse so I agree with your post.

      He is “sorry”…Oh, isn’t that SPECIAL?? When he met his Maker the day he died, I don’t think his apology was given any consideration.

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