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Wrinkles executed for 1994 murders

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MICHIGAN CITY, IN (WFIE) - Eric Wrinkles has been put to death, 15 years after the murders of his estranged wife and two of her relatives.

He died by lethal injection just after 12:30 Friday morning.

Wrinkles spent his final few hours visiting with family and clergy members.

Prison officials in Michigan City say he also made more than a dozen phone calls, some to people as far away as the Netherlands.

Wrinkles was convicted of breaking into his brother-in-law's Evansville home in July 1994.

He was wearing camouflage and face paint when he shot his wife, Debra Jean Wrinkles, her brother, Mark "Tony" Fulkerson, and Fulkerson's wife, Natalie "Chris" Fulkerson.

In a written statement, Wrinkles reflected on the events that left him sentenced to death.

"Fifteen years ago I took the lives of people I loved, my wife, my friends. I did so voluntarily after taking drugs. To the extent I became an addict of the worst kind. I caused extensive pain to many," said the statement.

Inside the execution chamber, Wrinkles' death warrant was read and a deadly cocktail of three drugs was injected through IV lines. 

Lindsay Christmas, one of Wrinkles' children witnessed his execution and released the following statement:

"Regardless of what my dad has done, he's still my dad. Having to relive this ordeal is tragic."

Her statement goes on to say that she didn't want to testify against her father and that it:

"has affected my life and the relationship I haven't had with my father all these years.   Recently we have made peace within each other. I will go on with my life having peace within me."

For the rest of the prison population here at Michigan City Prison, life goes back to normal.   

Their lockdown status was lifted at 12:00 p.m. and the prison is now back open as normal.

Wrinkles is the first Indiana death row inmate to be executed since 2007.

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