Georgia executed its oldest death-row inmate for 1979 shooting

Georgia executed its oldest death-row inmate for 1979 shooting

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Georgia executed a 72-year-old man, the state’s oldest death row inmate, early Wednesday for the killing of a convenience store manager during a robbery decades ago.

Brandon Astor Jones was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. (5:46 GMT) Wednesday after an injection of barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in the 1979 shooting death of suburban Atlanta store manager Roger Tackett.

Jones declined to make a final statement in front of witnesses but agreed to have a prayer read.

Georgia doesn’t announce exactly when lethal injections begin, and the injection isn’t visible to observers. But the warden left the execution chamber at 12:30 a.m. (5:30 GMT), and records from past executions show the lethal drug generally begins to flow within a minute or two of the warden’s departure. Read more…

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Georgia executed its oldest death-row inmate for 1979 shooting