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Susanne Reid came face to face with a killer on death row for murdering his wifes family just days before he was executed.

Triple murderer Billie Wayne Coble has spent 30 years in jail after the August 1989 shooting of his wifes parents Robert and Zelda Vicha and her brother Bobby in Texas.

However, Coble, 70, refused to apologise to the family as he met the Good Morning Britain presenter.

He smiled when Reid asked what he thought of the gruesome killings, and said: To some people it matters, to me it really no longer matters.

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Reid went on to ask if he wanted to apologise to the family.

From MultiStory Media DEATH ROW : COUNTDOWN TO EXECUTION Ep2 Thursday 20th June 2019 on ITV Pictured: Susanna Reid meets notorious Death Row inmate Billie Wayne Coble at the Polunksy Unit Prison, Livingston Texas Susanna Reid travels to Texas, home of the most active death chamber in the United States, to meet the notorious Death Row inmate Billie Wayne Coble ? a man once described by a Prosecutor as having ?a heart full of scorpions? ? in the countdown to his scheduled execution. In 1989, Billie pled guilty to triple murder and has been languishing on Death Row ever since. Now 70 years old, Billie is fighting for a last minute stay of execution ? if it fails, he is set to become the oldest man put to death in Texas for over 100 years. Susanna is granted Billie?s final television interview in the 8 day run up to his death date. In this intense meeting, Susanna revisits the night of the crime in an attempt to find out why Billie Wayne committed these senseless murders. Delving into his family life, Susanna builds a picture of what kind of man Billie was back in 1989, and what kind of man he is now. Death is inevitable but what is it like knowing when, where and how you are going to die? (C) MultiStory Media For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 157 3046 peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is ? MultiStory and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme DEATH ROW:COUNTDOWN TO AN EXECUTION or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.itv.com/presscentre/itvpictures/terms
Susanne Reid interviewed Billie Wayne Coble just days before he was executed (Picture: MultiStory Media)

He replied: OK, if you want me to give some type of, like, rehearsed apology or something, I mean, Ive already said that I regret what happened.

Now I fully regret what happened. But I also truly regret a lot of things in life.

She also asked if he was scared of dying, and Coble said: Death is death.

A person said one time; “Thats a horrible way of dying”. I said; “What is a good way?” Could you tell me what a good way is to die?

Who is not going to leave this world? Arent we all?

It depends on how long a person has already lived. The longer youve lived, the easier it is to accept death.

This image obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Billie Wayne Coble in a January 2018 booking photo. - Coble, 70, on February 28, 2019, is scheduled to become the oldest man executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated in the US five decades ago. Coble was convicted for the 1989 murders of three people, the parents and brother of his estranged wife who had asked for a divorce. If the lethal injection execution is carried out Thursday evening in the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, it would be the third this year in the US and the second in the Lone Star state, which puts to death the most inmates. (Photo by HO / Texas Department of Criminal Justice / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Texas Department of Criminal Justice" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images
Coble, 70, has been jailed for 30 years (Picture: AFP)

Coble became the oldest inmate executed by Texas since the state resumed carrying out death sentences in 1982 on February 28.

Watched by his son, grandson and daughter-in-law, The Vietnam War veterans last words were bizarrely: Yes sir, that will be five dollars. I love you, I love you and I love you.

Mike, I love you. Wheres Nelly at? I love you, that will be five dollars. Take care.

He gasped several times and started snoring.

It is believed the five dollar comment comes from the former electricians time in Vietnam.

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Coble was convicted of capital murder in 1990.

From MultiStory Media DEATH ROW : COUNTDOWN TO EXECUTION Ep2 Thursday 20th June 2019 on ITV Pictured: Susanna Reid meets notorious Death Row inmate Billie Wayne Coble at the Polunksy Unit Prison, Livingston Texas Susanna Reid travels to Texas, home of the most active death chamber in the United States, to meet the notorious Death Row inmate Billie Wayne Coble ? a man once described by a Prosecutor as having ?a heart full of scorpions? ? in the countdown to his scheduled execution. In 1989, Billie pled guilty to triple m</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/09/death-row-killer-refused-apologise-murdering-family-execution-9875190/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p>
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