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Missouri Executes Convicted Killer

June 30, 1999 GMT

POTOSI, Mo. (AP) _ A man convicted in the 1985 slaying of an elderly man whose bound and beaten body was found stuffed in a freezer was executed by injection early Wednesday.

Robert Walls, 33, was pronounced dead at 12:08 a.m.

``I’m sorry for the victim’s family,″ he said before the drugs were injected. ``I love my family and will miss them. I hold nothing on anybody over this. Goodbye.″

Walls was convicted of killing 88-year-old Fred Harmon after walking away from a halfway house where he was serving a burglary sentence.

He and two men he met at the halfway house _ Tommy Thomas and Terry Wilson _ went to the victim’s home to rob him. Harmon was bound with neckties, dragged to the kitchen and shoved into a freezer. The men shut the lid and piled a TV, a chair and other heavy objects on top.

They took $100 and Harmon’s car and took off for California, where they were eventually arrested.

An autopsy determined that Harmon died of head injuries, suffocation and hypothermia.

Walls said he was interested only in stealing money and Harmon’s car.

``My goal was never to kill this man,″ he said. ``I told them, `Don’t do it. Leave him alone.‴

Wilson, 33, was convicted of second-degree murder and is serving a life term in prison. Thomas, 31, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, robbery and burglary.