KELOLAND’s Don Jorgensen served as a media witness in Monday’s execution. Jorgensen has covered three executions, this is his first as a witness.
Nearly 7 hours after Berget was supposed to be executed, those that witnessed the execution, made their way into the media room.
“We arrived in the witness room at 7:20, they opened up the blinds at 7:25, and we could see Rodney Berget right in front of us, I bet he was only 10 feet from us,” Don Jorgensen said.
He described what Berget looked like and what he said.
“The warden asked if he had any last words to say and the first thing he said was, sorry for the delay, I was caught in traffic,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen explained to the crowd how one particular thing about the execution caught him off guard.
“As I was observing and taking notes, I was also thinking about Lynette Johnson, and waiting for Berget to say something to the family, to apologize, but it never came,” Jorgensen said.
Overall, Jorgensen says the execution went fast.
“Just from my perspective, I think he was a little scared, his voice was kind of shaky, a little crackly, he paused a couple times, where he sounded like he was getting emotional,” Jorgensen said.
Jorgensen says the witnesses had to remain secluded in a room most of the day while they waited to hear about when the execution would happen. They were let out for a short break.