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Benjamin C. STONE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Rape
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: July 1, 1995
Date of arrest: Next day (surrenders)
Date of birth: June 3, 1952
Victims profile: Parsy Lynn Stone, 34 (his ex-wife) and Keitha Lynn Van Coney, 12 (his stepdaughter)
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Nueces County, Texas, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in Texas on September 25, 1997


Final meal:
Only Coke
Last Statement:
This offender declined to make a last statement.

Texas strangler of ex-wife, girl gets wish - execution

Friday, Sept. 26, 1997

A man who said he wanted to be executed ever since he strangled his ex-wife and stepdaughter two years ago got his wish.

Benjamin Stone, 45, died by injection Thursday. Stone refused to make a final statement, shaking his head no as one of his sisters cried and trembled. None of the relatives of the murder victims attended the execution.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's the only way I'll find peace of mind," Stone said in an earlier interview.

Stone told police he "just snapped" when explaining why he had killed the two at the family home in Corpus Christi.

Stone refused legal help and refused to have appeals filed on his behalf. His execution was the 28th in Texas this year, adding to the state's ongoing record.



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