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Georgia Executes Murderer

June 10, 1998 GMT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) _ A man who shot and killed a couple during a robbery at a service station _ making four children orphans _ was executed Tuesday in the state’s electric chair.

David Loomis Cargill, 39, asked for forgiveness and said he hoped his execution would bring closure to those he hurt, said Scott Stallings, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

Cargill ate his last meal of steak, baked potato, salad, a vanilla milk shake and vanilla ice cream, and met with family members, Stallings said.

Cargill and his brother, Thomas, both of Phenix City, Ala., were charged with the January 1985 shooting deaths of Cheryl and Danny Williams during a robbery at the service station where Mrs. Williams worked. The couple were the parents of four boys ages 2 to 10.

Although his brother was given a life sentence for the crime, Cargill was sentenced to death.

The couple were forced to lie face down on the floor of the service station. Each was shot twice in the head.

During the robbery, $482.79 was taken.