[UPDATE] (9-27 9:48AM) --
Attorneys for a condemned Georgia man who authorities are trying to put to death for the third time in a week after he attempted suicide say that he is "no longer competent to be executed."
Brandon Joseph Rhode's attorney said "the threat of execution
has pushed Mr. Rhode's limited coping skills to the breaking
point" in a court filing Monday, Sept. 27 to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Rhode slashed his throat and arms hours before his Tuesday, September 21 execution date, requiring hospitalization. The execution was then pushed back to Friday, September 24 night amid ongoing appeals, but the state court postponed it again until Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --
A Georgia death row inmate is asking the courts to delay his execution after he tried to commit suicide.
Lawyers for Brandon Joseph Rhode have appeals in state and
federal courts pending and want a delay in the execution set for 9
p.m. Friday, September 24.
The 31-year-old was convicted in 2000 of killing a father and
two children in their home in Jones County in central Georgia.
Joseph used a disposable razor to slash his throat and wrists
just hours before his execution was previously scheduled on
Tuesday, September 21.
Rhode was treated in a hospital. Authorities say he's since been
put in a restraining chair to prevent him from pulling out the
sutures on his neck or doing any other harm to himself.