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Death Penalty a Killer Joke to Texas Man

Posted Jun 4, 2007 7:46 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The death penalty may be no laughing matter to many. But a condemned man in Texas is asking folks on the outside to send him jokes, so he can select the best to read just before his scheduled execution on June 26.

"I know I'm not innocent," says Patrick Knight, 39, who has apparently exhausted his appeals. However, he sees a bright side to his upcoming execution, and wants to share a good joke beforehand, reports AP.

"They think they're killing me. They think they're punishing me," Knight told the news service. "They've already punished me. I've already had 16 years of punishment. They're releasing me. They're letting me go. That's helping me out. That's the way I look at it."

Knight was convicted of murdering two neighbors near Amarillo.

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