The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 7/24/8

“The Mississippi Department of Corrections today conducted the mandated execution of inmate Dale Leo Bishop,” Commissioner Christopher Epps said Wednesday. “This evening closed the final phase of the Dale Leo Bishop case, which began on Dec. 10, 1998, with the kidnapping and murder of Marcus James Gentry.”

The death by lethal injection was carried out, he said, “with dignity and decorum.”

Bishop wore a goatee and a red prison jumpsuit with flip-flops to his execution by lethal injection at 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m. A couple of hours earlier Bishop ate a last meal of pineapple supreme pizza, cherries and cream ice cream and root beer.

“It is our sincere hope that the family … of Mr. Marcus James Gentry may now begin the process of healing,” Epps added.

Bishop’s last statement reportedly included remorse, politics and religious conviction.