This week in 1998

May 5th, 2013 by admin

“I owe no apologies for a crime I did not commit. Those who lied and fabricated evidence against me will have to answer for what they have done. I know in my heart what I did and I call upon the spirit of my ancestors and all of my people, the land and the sea and the skies and I swear to them and now I am coming home. Loch sloy.”

— Frank McFarland, convicted of sexual assault and murder, lethal injection, Texas.
Executed April 29, 1998

McFarland was executed for the stabbing death of Terri Lynn Hokanson in a suburb of Fort Worth. He was to meet the victim the night of the murder after she was done with work, but he said he got too drunk to keep the engagement. Fibers, hair, and a scarf of hers were found in his car, connecting him to the crime. McFarland ended his last statement by saying “Loch sloy,” the battle cry of the Scottish McFarland clan.

McFarland is named on the Center on Wrongful Conviction’s list of thirty-nine executions that took place “in face of compelling evidence of innocence or serious doubt about guilt.”

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