The Georgia Department of Corrections released Wednesday, May 8, the recorded final statements of Scotty Morrow, 52, who was executed last week at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Morrow was executed by lethal injection Thursday night almost 25 years after committing two Hall County murders. He was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m.
The Times filed an open records request for these statements after business hours Thursday and received them Wednesday.
Morrow offered his “deepest and sincere apologies” to the families of Barbara Ann Young and Tonya Rochelle Woods, who were killed Dec. 29, 1994 at Young’s Gainesville home.
The final statements of Scotty Morrow
Transcript of the statement made in the holding cell by inmate Scotty Garnell Morrow:
“I would like to ah, extend my most sincerest and heartfelt apologies to the Young family, the Woods family, uh, to Ms. Latoya Horne, sorry for all the injuries and things that I have caused you. Sorry for all the pain and harm that I have cause these two families and I also would like to apologize to my family for the uh pain and heartache that I have caused them. Um, if you could ever find it in your hearts to forgive, I would ask that you do that and mostly for yourselves because, you know, holding anger and hatred in your hearts only hinders you. And uh once you’re able to forgive you’re able to move on in life and once again, I sincerely apologize. That’s it.”
When asked in the execution chamber if he had anything he would like to add to his final statement, inmate Morrow stated:
“I want to give my deepest and sincerest apologies to the Young family, the Woods family and I would like to say I’m extremely sorry to Ms. Latoya Horne. I hope that you all recover and in heal, have healing, have peace in your life and forgiveness in your heart that you may be able to grow in your spiritual life and, and, and not suffer anymore through your life. I’m truly sorry for all that has truly happened. To my family, friends, loved ones, I thank you all so very much and I’m truly sorry for the hurt and pain I’ve caused y’all. I love you all. God bless.”
He also apologized to LaToya Horne, who survived the shooting.
“If you could ever find it in your hearts to forgive, I would ask that you do that and mostly for yourselves, because, you know, holding anger and hatred in your hearts only hinders you,” Morrow said in his final recorded statement hours before the execution.
Morrow similarly apologized to his own family for the “pain and heartache” he caused his own family. He reiterated much of the same sentiments between his recorded statement and his statement in the death chamber.
An imam offered a prayer following Morrow’s statements Thursday night.
“I love you, brother,” the imam said.
“I love you, too,” Morrow replied.
Morrow was convicted in 1999 of killing Young and Woods, as well as shooting Horne, who was seriously wounded but able to leave the home to seek help.