ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- A man convicted in the 1983 stabbing deaths of a disabled woman and her daughter was executed by electrocution early Friday.

Pernell Ford, 35, was pronounced dead at 12:12 a.m.In a lengthy final statement, Ford told warden Charlie Jones he wanted to apologize to the family of his victims for the pain and suffering he had caused. Awaiting execution, Ford recited biblical passages, took deep breaths and at times closed his eyes and rested his head on the back of the electric chair, said Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Mike Haley.