US man executed rape, murder of 12-year-old stepdaughter

Danny Joe Bradley was executed Thursday for the rape and strangulation of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Rhonda Hardin. The 49-year-old Bradley was given a lethal injection at Holman prison after spending 25 years on Alabama's death row. Bradley was caring for Rhonda Hardin and her 11-year-old brother on Jan. 24, 1983, in Piedmont when the girl was slain. Bradley had no final statement. He stared at the ceiling without looking at witnesses. The prison chaplain held his left hand and knelt beside him in prayer during the procedure.