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Thomas Edwin Loden Jr. was executed Wednesday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for the 2000 rape and murder of 16-year-old Leesa Marie Gray. He died by lethal injection at approximately 6 p.m. after a 21-year-long stay on death row according to The Associated Press.

Loden was convicted in 2001 after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder, rape, and four counts of sexual battery against the girl who worked as a waitress at her uncle’s restaurant according to Breitbart.

Loden and four other Mississippi death row inmates had launched a lawsuit challenging the state’s lethal injection methodology. However, a federal judge declined to block authorities from carrying out his execution the AP reported.

Leesa Marie Gray pulled over to the side of the road after work on the night of June 22, 2000. Her car had a flat tire. Loden, at the time a Marine Corps recruiter spotted her and offered to help. He explained that Marines help with such things, Loden told authorities. However, as they talked Gray said she would never want to be a Marine and he became angry.

Loden then described that he ordered her into his van where he sexually assaulted her “for several hours” according to Breitbart before strangling her to death.

John Weddle of the First Circuit District Attorney’s Office posted to Facebook, “Our office expresses sincere thanks to all those involved in solving and prosecuting this case and sincere heartfelt sympathy for Leesa’s family and friends.”

“I’ve spoken to Wanda Farris, Leesa’s mother, on multiple occasions, as well as friends of Leesa. She was, by every account, a happy and kind daughter and friend who was and still is loved by many.”

Prior to his execution, Loden said in his last words he was “deeply remorseful” for his actions he said, “I’d like to express to the Gray family and anyone else I hurt how deeply remorseful I am for everything I did. I know these mere words mean nothing and cannot erase the damage I did” according to WLBT-TV’s Courtney Ann Jackson.

“For the last 20 years, I’ve tried to do a good deed every single day to make up for the life I took from this world. If nothing else, I hope you get peace and closure,” he added.

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