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Georgia excutes inmate convicted of killing off-duty prison guard

May 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Georgia excutes inmate convicted of killing off-duty prison guard

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Georgia executes Robert Earl Butts Jr. accused of killing an off-duty prison guard

Associated Press

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate executed for a 1996 shotgun slaying twitched briefly as the lethal injection flowed into his body and groaned.

Forty-year-old Robert Earl Butts Jr. was declared dead by a prison warden at 9:58 p.m. Friday after the compounded barbiturate pentobarbital was injected into his body. Prison officials said he had declined to take a sedative.

Strapped to a gurney with his arms out to his sides, Butts kept his eyes closed throughout the procedure.

A tube that delivers the killing drugs through a wall appeared to pulse soon after the warden left the death chamber at 9:42.

“It burns, man,” Butts said in a low voice. Those were his final words.

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