Man who killed four in Aiken County plant put to death - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Man who killed four in Aiken County plant put to death

(Columbia-AP) Nov. 4, 2005 - Hastings Wise has been put to death by lethal injection for killing four people during a shooting rampage at an Aiken County plant in September 1997.

Prison officials say Wise died Friday night at 6:18pm. Wise made no final statement and never looked at the victims' families or other witnesses. He stared at the ceiling and took several deep breaths as the lethal mix of three chemicals went into his veins.

His rapid blinking ended with his eyes wide open at about the same time his chest stopped rising.

Prosecutors say Wise came back to the RE Phelon plant several weeks after he was fired to get revenge on people who caused him to lose his job or got jobs in the plant he wanted.

The 51-year-old Wise tried to commit suicide by drinking insecticide after the shooting. He refused to put up a defense at his trial and dropped all his appeals after his conviction.

Posted 6:50pm by Chantelle Janelle

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