US resumes executions after seven-month moratorium
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Georgia put inmate William Lynd to death on Tuesday, ending a seven-month hiatus on executions in the United States following an appeal against the use of lethal injection, which was rejected by the Supreme Court .
William Earl Lynd died by lethal injection at a prison in Jackson, central
“Under the order of the court, the execution of William Earl Lynd has been carried out,” said Paul Czachowski, public affairs manager at the Georgia Department of Corrections.
“The condemned declined to make a statement or offer a prayer,” he said, adding the execution began at 7:34 p.m.
In the hours before Lynd died, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final request for a stay filed by his lawyers.
Lynd’s execution is the first since the same court on April 16 rejected a challenge to the cocktail of three drugs used in most
A nationwide pause in executions had been in effect since shortly after the court said on Sept. 25 it would hear an appeal by two death row inmates in
Last year, 42 people were put to death in the
Fewer than 20 protesters opposed to the death penalty demonstrated outside the prison in
Demonstrators said they also planned protests in five other cities in the state.
“It’s sad that the state of
After shooting Ginger Moore three times in the head and face, Lynd buried her in a shallow grave. Soon afterward, as he drove to
The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid by Lynd’s lawyers to stop the execution. They argued that experts who described the murder scene in court had exaggerated.
Several states have scheduled executions since the moratorium ended, including
Lynd is the 1,100th person put to death since the Supreme Court lifted a temporary ban on capital punishment in 1976. Since then, Texas has had 405 executions, followed by Virginia with 98.
Lynd’s last meal consisted of two pepper jack barbecue burgers with crispy onions, baked potatoes with sour cream, bacon and cheese, and a large strawberry milkshake, prison authorities said.
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