Interview From Death Row

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

While he says he doesn't like interviews, Bobby Wayne Swisher spoke with TV-3, saying he did so to let people know what he thinks.

Pending last moment intervention from the governor, Bobby Wayne Swisher will die Tuesday night. Monday, he said he's at peace and not afraid to die. Though he wouldn't say much about the actual night of the murder, he said he's heard the rumors that he had an accomplice. He told TV-3 he did indeed act alone, though he has no explanation for why he did it. Swisher said, He "just made some very stupid choices in life. Drugs. Alcohol. And so forth. It just led to devastating results."

Regarding the controversial jury form, Swisher blamed his attorney for not speaking up and objecting to it in the first place, saying, "I do know that people have been granted stays or some sort of relief because of these jury forms. But they won't grant it to me because my lawyer failed to bring it up in court."

Finally, Swisher said that although he is at peace with dying, he doesn't believe that a person should be able to take another person's life, even though he did just that. He says that at the time of the murder, he was different, and that now, he's a changed man. "If you could see me then and know me now, I've changed considerably in my own eyes. I didn't think too highly of myself. It doesn't matter what I say. People are always going to see me for what I was and what I did. Especially coming from me, there's nothing that's going to change that."

Swisher also offered thanks to his supporters, saying he's received letters and cards from all over the world, though he knows there's just as many people who want to see him die. Swisher is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night.


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