Ga. Executes Inmate Who Attempted Suicide

Triple murderer dies by lethal injection
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 5:43 AM CDT
Death row inmate Brandon Joseph Rhode is treated after last week's suicide attempt.   (AP Photo/Brian Kammer)
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(Newser) – A Georgia inmate who tried to kill himself last week was executed by lethal injection last night after the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal for a stay of execution. Brandon Rhode, 31—convicted of the 1998 murders of a trucking company owner, his 11-year-old son, and his 15-year-old daughter—had his execution postponed after slashing his throat and wrists, the AP reports.

Rhodes was taken to the hospital after the suicide attempt and placed in a restraining chair to prevent him from injuring himself further, a move his lawyer argued was cruel and unusual punishment. "He has been subjected to the surreal and incomprehensible: Heroic measures taken to stabilize his life by the prison staff that would then execute him," the lawyer said in a court filing. Rhode declined to speak any last words or have a final prayer.

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