Steve Earle Witnesses Execution
gone. I hope that when it's my time, I die half as well as Jonathan
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) --
Singer-songwriter Steve Earle, a longtime death penalty opponent, witnessed
the execution of a man condemned for stabbing two women to death.
Jonathan Nobles, 37, was
high on drugs when he killed the two women in a stabbing frenzy in 1986.
In the death chamber Wednesday night, he greeted the country singer-songwriter
with a smile.
Earle later watched Nobles
die after being given an injection.
"I'm not here for any other
reason except Jonathan asked me to be here today,'' said Earle, who once
spent time in prison on a drug conviction. He and Nobles met through
"I still believe that what
I just witnessed was murder, although nobody in this prison is any more
responsible than anybody else in the state of Texas or the country for
that matter,'' Earle said.
Earle contributed the song
Unit One to the soundtrack for the 1995 movie Dead Man Walking,
inspired by the book by anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean.