Monday execution scheduled for suicidal Georgia death row inmate; US Supreme Court denies stay

By Ray Henry, AP
Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monday execution scheduled for suicidal Ga. inmate

JACKSON, Ga. — Authorities say a convicted killer who attempted suicide with a razor blade shortly before his initial execution date this week is now scheduled to receive a lethal injection Monday.

Brandon Joseph Rhode was convicted in 2000 of killing a father and two children during a burglary of their central Georgia home. Rhode slashed his throat and elbows hours before his Tuesday execution date, requiring hospitalization.

Correction officials pushed the execution back to 7 p.m. Friday amid ongoing court appeals. Late Friday, Georgia’s Supreme Court ordered a postponement until after 4 p.m. Monday — prompting prison officials to announce a 7 p.m. execution that day.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay late Friday without comment in a brief statement.

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