Tuesday, May 6

First Execution Since Supreme Court Ruling Scheduled For Tonight

A Ga. man is scheduled to be put to death this evening at 7:00 p.m. using the lethal injection procedure. Earl Lynd was convicted of kidnapping and shooting his live-in girl friend, Ginger Moore in the head after they had consumed Valium, marijuana and alcohol. Prosecutors stated that Moore died a slow and agonizing death, regaining consciousness twice after being shot in the head. Lynd will be the first prisoner since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the three-drug cocktail does not violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The use of lethal injection has been on hold since last September awaiting the high courts ruling.

Mississippi State Supreme Court has scheduled an execution for May 5th and a Texas judge has scheduled an execution date of August 5 th for a Mexican national. President Bush had ordered his case reopened along with approx. 50 other cases of Mexican Nationals convicted of murders here in the U.S. In March the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal stating that Bush had overstepped his authority.

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