ATMORE, Alabama — An unrepentant cop killer callously flipped witnesses the bird and cursed the state of Alabama just moments before being put to death for the 1997 murder of a police officer.
Torrey McNabb, 40, defiantly raised both middle fingers toward witnesses while strapped to a gurney as the execution began.
“Mom, sis, look at my eyes,” he said. “I’ve got no tears in my eyes. I’m unafraid . . . to the state of Alabama, I hate you m—–f—–s. I hate you,” he said, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
McNabb had been convicted of fatally shooting Montgomery Police Officer Anderson Gordon as he sat behind the wheel of his patrol car in 1997.
Gordon had pulled up just moments after the then 20-year-old McNabb had wrecked his car while fleeing a bail bondsman.
McNabb’s execution had been delayed as the Supreme Court reviewed his appeal but then ruled it could continue.
His lawyers had sought to stop the execution as he and other death row inmates in an have legally challenged the humaneness of the state’s lethal injection procedure.
Some have argued that the drug cocktail used to put convicts to death does not effectively knock a person out before other drugs are used to stop the heart and lungs from functioning.
Gordon’s family thanked prosecutors for seeing the execution through.
“Over twenty years ago, we lost a companion, a father, a brother, and a friend who only wanted to make a difference in his community,” the family said in a statement. “‘Brother,’ as he was affectionately called, worked to make a difference in his community until his life was taken on September 24, 1997.”