A sex fiend who wants to be executed had his wish thwarted at the eleventh hour last night while officials probed a claim that another prison inmate had carried out a murder he was on death row for.
John Blackwelder was serving life without parole in Florida for a series of sex attacks when he admitted strangling another inmate.
He said he killed Raymond Wigley, 39, and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder so he would be sentenced to die.
“I made it clear, I want off this world. I can’t kill myself. I’m not suicidal. But I sure can make it hard for everybody else,” Blackwelder told the Florida Supreme Court in 2000.
He later dropped all appeals.
Blackwelder was due to die by lethal injection in the Florida State Prison in Starke last night but prisoner William Demler wrote the state attorney general’s office to say another inmate told him that yet another inmate had confessed to killing Wigley.
The governor’s office said Blackwelder’s execution was rescheduled for tonight while Demler’s claim is investigated,
A spokesman for the Florida Department of Corrections said Blackwelder was “not mad” about the delay. “He chuckled,” spokesman Sterling Ivey said.
Demler, who works in the law library at Union Correctional Institute, where Blackwelder was moved after his murder conviction, said he didn’t know Blackwelder except to issue books to him.
“I have nothing to gain from telling you what I have learned,” Demler wrote. “I was just brought up to value life, regardless of how worthless that life may seem to be.”
Blackwelder said on Monday he manipulated the state, killing Wigley because he couldn’t stand the idea of spending the rest of his life in prison.
“I am sorry for killing Wigley, but to get what I wanted, I had to,” said Blackwelder.
Blackwelder said he lured Wigley into his cell at Columbia Correctional Institution with the promise of a sex act, then tied him to the bed and killed him as he begged for mercy.
Blackwelder said Wigley, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the only person he killed. He claimed he was innocent in the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy that put him in prison for life.