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First US executions carried out since botched lethal injection: official

Published on Jun 18, 2014 12:10 PM
Death row inmate Marcus Wellons, seen in an undated handout from the Georgia Department of Corrections, was put to death on Tuesday night by lethal injection, the first execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US states overnight on Tuesday carried out the first two executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April, after last minute appeals were denied.

One execution was in Georgia and the other in Missouri. Both were also by lethal injection.

In the first of them, Marcus Wellons, 58, convicted of the 1989 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl on her way to school, was put to death shortly before midnight in the southern state of Georgia, a spokesman for the prison system said.

In the second case, John Winfield, 43, convicted of killing two women, was executed in the central state of Missouri, state prison system spokesman Mike O’Connell said.

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