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Michael Eugene ELKINS





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 9, 1990
Date of birth: June 15, 1955
Victim profile: Patricia Whitt (female, 59)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife 8 times
Location: Jasper County, South Carolina, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in South Carolina on June 13, 1997

Michael Elkins was convicted of robbing and killing Patricia Whitt, 59, of Largo, Florida, on July 9, 1990, after she stopped to help him and another man who feigned car trouble along Interstate 95 near the Georgia border.

Whitt met Elkins and Ralph Garner earlier that night when they helped to fix her car, which had overheated on the interstate. She gave them $10 for helping.

Elkins was arrested days later after his girlfriend turned him in. He had given her 3 of Whitt's rings. Garner, who was acquitted of the murder, in which the victim was stabbed 8 times, testified against Elkins.

Elkins waived his court appeals. His attorney, Kevin Bell, said the once slightly-build Elkins had swollen from spleen and liver problems and was uncomfortable in prison, adding that "his life would have been cut short anyway."


June 13, 1997. South Carolina. Michael Eugene Elkins. Lethal Injection.

Because Elkins's body had become swollen from liver and spleen problems, it took nearly an hour to find a suitable vein for the insertion of the catheter. Elkins tried to assist the executioners, asking "Should I lean my head down a little bit?" as they probed for a vein. After numerous failures, a usable vein was finally found in Elkins's neck.



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