Cook was only hours away from execution in April 2011 when the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay while it considered his claim that he was poorly represented during his appeals – less than a year later it turned down his case.
25 years ago, Cook and co-defendant John Matzke, murdered two co-workers – Carlos Cruz Ramos, 26-years-old and Kevin Swaney, just 16-years-old, but they did not just kill them, they sodomized, tortured and then strangled them.
Cook was 50-years-old, and had been a quiet and peaceful person before the murders and ever since the crime – but claimed that the murders took place during a night of heavy drinking – Cook claims to have no recollection of the crime at all. Matzke went to police, confessed and testified against Cook – he was given 20 years and was released in 2007.
Cook’s last meal included: eggplant lasagna, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, asparagus, ice cream, and root beer.
Cook’s final words were ”I’d like to say sorry to the victim’s family. I know that’s not enough. Where am I? To my lawyers, thank you. Red Robin, yum. I’m done. I love you.”
Cook was pronounced dead at 12:03pm EST today, just less than 40 minutes after the lethal injection process began.