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Donald Ray Wallace Jr.

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Donald Ray Wallace Jr.

Birth
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
Death
10 Mar 2005 (aged 47)
Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
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Donald Ray Wallace, 47, was executed by lethal injection March 10, 2005 at 12:23 a.m. at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana for the January 14, 1980 murders of Patrick Gilligan, 30; Teresa Gilligan, 30; Lisa Gilligan, 5; and Gregory Gilligan, 4.

As attested by the admission of Wallace to friends after the fact, after burglarizing the home of Ralph Hendricks, he "got greedy" and decided to break into the house next door. However, when he did so, he was surprised to find the family inside. Patrick and Teresa Gilligan and their two children, aged 4 and 5, were confronted by Wallace with a gun. All four were tied up and shot in the head. Wallace would say to friends later that he shot Mr. Gilligan because he was "giving him trouble"; he shot Mrs. Gilligan because she was screaming and he "had to shut her up"; and he shot the children because he "could not let the children grow up with the trauma of not having parents." Wallace then took guns, a CB, a scanner, and other property, all of which was later recovered from or traced to Wallace. Wallace was found incompetent and confined in a mental hospital for almost 2 years prior to trial. His IQ was measured at 130. In the weeks before his execution Wallace admitted that he had "faked" mental illness, and that he had in fact committed the murders.


Donald Ray Wallace, 47, was executed by lethal injection March 10, 2005 at 12:23 a.m. at Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana for the January 14, 1980 murders of Patrick Gilligan, 30; Teresa Gilligan, 30; Lisa Gilligan, 5; and Gregory Gilligan, 4.

As attested by the admission of Wallace to friends after the fact, after burglarizing the home of Ralph Hendricks, he "got greedy" and decided to break into the house next door. However, when he did so, he was surprised to find the family inside. Patrick and Teresa Gilligan and their two children, aged 4 and 5, were confronted by Wallace with a gun. All four were tied up and shot in the head. Wallace would say to friends later that he shot Mr. Gilligan because he was "giving him trouble"; he shot Mrs. Gilligan because she was screaming and he "had to shut her up"; and he shot the children because he "could not let the children grow up with the trauma of not having parents." Wallace then took guns, a CB, a scanner, and other property, all of which was later recovered from or traced to Wallace. Wallace was found incompetent and confined in a mental hospital for almost 2 years prior to trial. His IQ was measured at 130. In the weeks before his execution Wallace admitted that he had "faked" mental illness, and that he had in fact committed the murders.


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