(Via AJC.com) – Georgia has executed 47-year-old Kenneth Fults for the 1996 murder of his neighbor.
Fults was killed by lethal injection at 7:37 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson.
There was no one in the execution chamber for Fults, so he had no final words for witnesses from the media and the state who had gathered. But he ended the prayer offered by the chaplain with, “Amen.”
A few minutes after the execution drugs had begun to flow, he twice looked at the IV inserted into his right arm. Moments later, his entire body shook for a few seconds. Then he was still. Fifteen minutes later he was pronounced dead.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Fults’ appeal for mercy nearly four hours before the scheduled execution hour of 7 p.m.
The rejection came even before Fults was given his last meal of steak, brown rice, baked potato and apple juice. Usually it is well past the scheduled execution hour when the Supreme Court decides last-minute appeals.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles turned down his petition for clemency Monday night.
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