WALLA WALLA—His appeals exhausted, Cal Brown has been executed at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
The 52-year-old died by lethal injection nearly 20 years after the rape, torture, and brutal murder of 22-year-old Holly Washa. Witnesses say his final words were "Thank you. God bless you and God bless my family."
Prison officials say Brown, 52, died at 12:56 a.m., after a four-member team injected a lethal one-drug cocktail in the execution chamber of the Washington State Penitentiary.
12 witnesses watched the execution, including King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Washa's father, brother, and two sisters.
Immediately following Brown's death, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg issued this statement: "I was with members of Holly Washa's family in witnessing Cal Brown's death sentence being carried out. Cal Brown's death was quick, painless, and the result of due process -- in stark contrast to the agonizing death he inflicted upon Holly Washa. The case of Cal Brown has been reviewed 18 separate times by appellate courts. This morning, the jury's sentence was finally carried out. Our thoughts are with the Washa family. "
Attorney General Rob McKenna issued this statement: "This is a somber end to the long journey Holly Washa's friends and family have experienced since losing their loved one in such a tragic way nearly 20 years ago," said Attorney General Rob McKenna. "Our hearts are with them as they continue to mourn this loss."