Georgia executes Jack Alderman


The Kentucky State Penitentiary's execution chamber at the prison near Eddyville, Ky. Inmates are arguing before the Supreme Court that the lethal "three drug cocktail" administered here causes the condemned to suffer excruciating pain during their executions. (AP/S.L. Dennee, Paducah Sun)

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's longest-serving death row inmate
was executed Tuesday in the slaying of his wife 34 years ago.

Jack Alderman was pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

The 57-year-old Alderman was sentenced to die by lethal injection in the 1974 slaying of his wife, Barbara. He and an accomplice beat her with a crescent wrench and choked her at their Chatham County home before dumping her body in a creek. Prosecutors allege he wanted to collect $20,000 in life insurance money.

Alderman has been on death row for 33 years.

He had been scheduled for execution last October but a stay was issued to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to sort out constitutional
questions surrounding lethal injection.

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