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February 23, 2011

Father executed in boy’s shooting

HUNTSVILLE — A man who shot his toddler son twice in the chest was put to death Tuesday night inside the Huntsville “Walls” Unit.

Timothy Wayne Adams shot and killed his 19-month-old, Timothy Adams Jr., on Feb. 20, 2002, in Houston.

Adam's parents, Columbus and Wilma, witnessed his execution. His sister Stacey Adams, and brother Chadrick Adams were also present.

Adams, 42, declined to give a last statement. Instead, he looked at his mother as she whispered, “We love you.”

The lethal dose of drugs was administered at 6:21 p.m. As his breathing became labored, family members requested wheelchairs for Wilma and Stacey. One was brought into the small room, but only Stacey was lowered into it.. She and her mother began to moan and then sob openly as Adams drew his final breath.

Wilma Adams began to chant rhythmically to her son as she was held upright by her son, Chadrick.

“You're going to a better place. No more worries,” she said. “No more sleepless nights. You all right now. God loves you. He got you now. God loves you best. He saw a rose and he come got it.”

Wilma Adams then began to repeat the phrase, “Lord, I thank you,” over and over again.

Before Adams was pronounced dead, Chadrick spoke to him and told him his family wasn't going to be beat down by his death.

“If we let it beat us down, then they already won,” he said. “We coming to heaven. Just going to take a little while, but we'll be there.”

Adams  was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m.

For his final meal, Adams requested 10 pieces of fried chicken, legs and thigh quarters, french fries fried in cooking grease, ketchup, two root beers and two Sprites with ice. For dessert, he requested lemon cake or white cake with lemon icing.

The next execution is scheduled April 5.

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