Georgia executes by injection murderer seeking firing squad death

May 17, 2017 09:53
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ATLANTA, May 17 - Georgia executed a death row inmate early Wednesday morning after US courts rejected his last-minute appeal to be killed by a firing squad, rather than the state's lethal injection protocol, which was used to carry out his capital punishment.

J.W. Ledford, 45, has spent about a quarter of a century on death row after being convicted of the 1992 robbery and murder of a doctor. He was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. local time at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, the Office of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement.

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