Famous Last Words
William Prince Davis
September 14, 1999
I would like to give thanks to God Almighty, by whose grace I am saved through His son, Jesus Christ, without whom I would be nothing today. Because of this mercy and grace, I have come a long way, and I would like to thank God and others who have been instrumental. I would like to say to the Lang family how truly sorry I am in my soul and in my heart of hearts for the pain and misery that I have caused from my actions. I am truly sorry. And to my family I would also like to extend to them the same apology for the pain and misery that I have put them through, and I love them dearly from the bottom of my heart, and one day I would like to see them on the other side. Some I will; some I won’t. I would like to thank all of the men on Death Row who have showed me love throughout the years, but especially the last two or three weeks, and I hold nothing against no man. I am so thankful that I have lived as long as I have. I hope that I have helped someone. I hope that [by] donating my body to science that some parts of it can be used to help someone, and I just thank the Lord for all that he has done for me. That is all I have to say, Warden.
Oh, I would like to say in closing, “What about those cowboys?”
Davis was convicted of killing an ice cream store manager in 1978, when Davis was 21. Davis forced the employees working at the ice cream store against a wall then shot the manager, Richard Lang, with a .32 caliber pistol, stole a little over $700 as well as a shotgun, and fled. Davis was arrested 6 days later and confessed to the murder. He was 42 at the time of his execution, meaning half his life was spent on death row.