First execution since botched injection

Last updated 17:35 18/06/2014

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A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder has become the first person to be executed in the US since the botched lethal injection of a prisoner in Oklahoma in April.

Fifty-nine-year-old Marcus Wellons was executed by injection Tuesday night after last-minute appeals were denied.

A corrections spokesman says he was pronounced dead at 11.56pm. The execution seemed to go smoothly with no noticeable complications.

From the time he was brought into the room and the tubes with the drugs were administered took about 35 minutes.

Wellons was lying still with his eyes shut while the drugs were administered.

Wellons was convicted and sentenced to die in 1993 for the 1989 death of his 15-year-old neighbour, India Roberts, a high school sophomore from the Atlanta suburbs who was raped and strangled.

Georgia uses one drug - the sedative pentobarbital - for executions. Oklahoma uses three. 

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