Keith Dwayne Nelson Sentenced to the Death Penalty after Killing a 10-year-old Girl

Keith Dwayne Nelson was sentenced to death for the 1999 kidnapping, sexual abuse and subsequent killing of a 10-year-old girl, Pamela Butler. Nelson abducted Pamela while she was out rollerblading in front of her house in Kansas. Nelson confessed to raping Pamela and strangling her with a wire. Nelson’s attorney had filed some last minute legal challenges to his execution. Including arguments that the use of the drug pentobarbital used in every federal lethal injection this summer violated the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. The appeals court in Washington ordered his execution to move forward despite the claims. Nelson’s attorney, Dale Baich and Jen Moreno, said that “the execution of Keith Nelson did not make the world a safer place. Over the years, we have come to know Keith as someone who was different from the person who committed the horrible crime to which he admitted and pled guilty to in 2001. We saw his humanity, his compassion, and his sense of humor.” When Nelson was asked if he had any last words he sat there in silence. He did not say one word he didn’t even grunt or nod. The official waited 15 seconds then turned away and began the execution procedures. Nelson was declared dead nine minutes after the injections began.