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US executes suicidal inmate

2010-09-28 12:46

Atlanta - A US man whose attempted suicide last week gained him a brief reprieve was executed on Monday by the state of Georgia for a triple murder in 1998, officials said.

Brandon Rhode, 31, was pronounced dead at 22:16 after being given a lethal injection.

He was the 47th inmate put to death in Georgia since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

The Georgia State Supreme Court earlier on Monday denied his lawyers' request for a third stay of execution, rejecting their arguments that he was not competent to be executed after last week's suicide attempt.

Murder

Rhode and an accomplice were sentenced to death for murdering an 11-year-old boy, his 15-year-old sister and their father during a botched robbery in 1998.

His co-conspirator, Daniel Lucas, was sentenced to death in a separate trial and is on death row.

Rhode's lawyers claimed the suicide attempt last week, in which he cut his throat and arms and lost half his blood, had left him brain damaged.

He was originally scheduled to be executed on September 22, then again on September 24 before another stay pushed the execution to Monday.

Previously they pleaded for clemency, arguing he suffered brain injury from alcoholism and because his mother took drugs during pregnancy, claimed The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.