Leesa Marie Gray, a 16-year-old girl, was brutally raped and murdered by an ex-marine in 2001. Now, it is coming forward that the ex-marine, identified as Thomas Edwin Loden has been executed on Wednesday, December 14, 2022. According to reports, the man had kidnapped the teenage girl from the road and had raped and strangled her to death. Let us find out more details about the case in the article below and check what happened to the young girl and how did she die. Read the complete article to get all the details.
According to reports, Thomas Edwin is a 58-year-old ex-marine who was put on death row in 2001. He was found guilty of murder, rape, and four counts of sexual battery against Leesa. It is reported that the man kidnapped the teenager from the road by forcing her into his van. Reports confirm that during the summer on June 22, 2000, the minor girl was waiting tables at her uncle’s restaurant in northeast Mississippi.
Who Was Leesa Marie Gray?
When it got dark, she left work and got a flat tire when Loden stopped her all of a sudden. It was around 10:45 PM when the incident happened. Edwin started talking to her about anything and asked her to calm down saying he is a marine and that they do such stuff. After interrogation, Loden confessed raping the young girl for about four hours. He admitted that after raping her, he strangled her to death. For those unversed, Leesa was found the next afternoon, on June 23, 2000, lying by the side of a road with self-inflicted injuries.
According to the court records, I’m sorry was carved into his chest. It was further added that the man was deeply remorseful of his action even before the lethal injection started. It is further coming forward that around 4 o’clock, Thomas enjoyed his last dinner, which included two bone-in fried pork chops, a Pillsbury Grand biscuit with butter and molasses, fried okra, a butter-baked sweet potato, peach cobbler with French vanilla ice cream, and Lipton sweet tea.
On December 14, 2022, at 6:12 PM local time, Sunflower County coroner Heather Burton declared him dead. He was the state’s second prisoner to be put to death in the last ten years. The victim’s mother, Wanda Farris, was also present for the execution of murderer Thomas Edwin Loden Jr. at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Follow Social Telecast for more updates and the latest and trending news. Stay tuned with us!