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Angola leaders plan for state's first execution in eight years

5 years ago January 06, 2010 Jan 6, 2010 Wednesday, January 06 2010 Wednesday, January 06, 2010 4:21:10 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

Prison leaders at Angola are preparing to execute a condemned prisoner from Livingston Parish in less than 24 hours. 

Gerald Bordelon killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney Leblanc, back in 2002.  He kidnapped, raped and strangled her to death near Florida Boulevard and the Amite River.

Warden Burl Cain told News 2 he has shown signs of remorse.

"Last night there was someone he wanted to call, get his business straight and say he was sorry," Cain said. "He gave those people some assurances and I thought that was an honorable thing to do."

Cain said Bordelon will be given three different drugs.  One will put him to sleep, another will stop his muscle movement and the last will stop his heart.

"He will take two breaths and should be still," Cain said.

Bordelon waived all of his rights to appeal.  However, if he gets into the death chamber and changes his mind about the execution, it will likely be too late.

"We have a death warrant in hand, and unless we hear from the courts it will proceed," Cain said.

Gerald Bordelon's mother told News 2 she has witnessed a change in her son.

"I have seen a complete metamorphosis in him," Alethea Bordelon said. "I am confident he will meet Christ when he dies."

The actual execution should take less than five minutes.  Bordelon requested a peanut butter and apple jelly sandwich as his last meal.  He will have homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

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