Georgia executes its oldest death row inmate for 1979 murder

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 03, 2016 1:09 AM

By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The oldest inmate on Georgia's death row, a 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery, was executed early on Wednesday, a state prison official said.

Brandon Astor Jones died by lethal injection at 12:46 a.m., at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, in fifth execution this year in the United States.

(Writing by Letitia Stein; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)