Georgia Executes Suicidal Inmate After Delays

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jackson, GA (AP) - A Georgia prisoner who tried to kill himself
last week by slashing his arms and throat with a razor blade has
been executed.
Brandon Joseph Rhode was put to death Monday night by lethal
injection at the state prison at Jackson. The 31-year-old man was
pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m. by prison officials.
The U.S. Supreme Court had earlier denied an appeal claiming
that Rhode was subjected to inhumane treatment and was not mentally
competent to be executed. The nation's high court on Monday
rejected pleas for a stay.
Rhode was sentenced to die for the 1998 killings of Steven Moss,
37, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin
during a burglary.
His execution was pushed back several times after his Sept. 21
suicide attempt.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Daniel Location: C'ville on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM
    Yeah, its pretty dumb. That was a pretty fast turn around on the execution. The average wait time for a death row inmate is 12-15 years due to appeals and so on. Even though it cost the tax payers a lot, sometimes it is worth it. There have been innocent people killed like, Cameron Willingham of Texas. The death penalty is a serious thing so you must try your best to make sure the guilty is guilty.
  • by PrezNixon on Sep 28, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    I am sure they took him to the hospital after he tryed to kill himself...made sure he didn't die, then killed him.....they shoul have let him killed himself.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Sep 28, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    It's still better than giving him life and having to pay for him for the rest of his life.
  • by Phelisha Location: Tallahassee on Sep 28, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    Well thats about 12 years of wasted tax payers money!
  • by don't understand on Sep 28, 2010 at 05:07 AM
    So he committed the crimes in 1998 and we're just now getting around to killing him? I don't understand...
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