Death row killer to gorge on double cheeseburger and apple pie for last meal

A death row pensioner who murdered his wife has chosen a double bacon cheeseburger, a deep-dish apple pie and vanilla bean ice cream for his last meal.

Oscar Franklin Smith, 72, will gorge on the greasy dish before he is given the lethal injection at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee.

Smith was convicted after he brutally stabbed and shot his estranged wife, Judith Smith, and her sons Jason and Chad Burnett, 13 and 16, at their home in 1989.

The 72-year-old has always denied the heinous crimes but his latest appeal was rejected which means he will be executed tonight.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Correction said the prisoner will get his meal on the same day as the execution.

It has been reported that inmates usually get $20 [ £15.31] to go towards their last meal, according to the publication Tennessean.

On Monday ( April 18 ), Smith was put on "death watch" and relocated to a cell next to the execution chamber for three days.

The ex-machinist shot Judith in the neck before repeatedly stabbing her.

At the time, it was reported that he shot Chad, 16, in his left eye and then his upper chest and left torso, while 13-year-old Jason was knifed in the neck and the abdomen.

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Judith and Smith, who shared three-year-old twins, were separated at the time of the deadly attack.

According to the mum's work colleagues, Smith had threatened to end her life on more than 10 occasions between June and August 1989.

Earlier this week, Governor Bill Lee con confirmed in an emailed statement that the execution would go ahead.

“After thorough consideration of Oscar Smith’s request for clemency and an extensive review of the case, the State of Tennessee’s sentence will stand, and I will not be intervening," he said.

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