China executes student who stabbed woman to death

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Posted: Jun 07, 2011 2:19 AM
China executes student who stabbed woman to death

A state news agency says Chinese authorities executed a college student who ran into a young mother with his car and then stabbed her to death to avoid paying any compensation. The case sparked a public outcry.

The Xinhua News Agency says Yao Jiaxin was executed Tuesday in Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province in northwest China. Yao, 21, was a student at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music.

Yao was sentenced to death by the Intermediate People's Court in Xi'an on April 22 for the murder of Zhang Miao, 26, last October.

The student was driving his car when he ran into Zhang, who was on a bicycle. Fearing that Zhang would remember his car plate number and track him down for compensation, Yao stabbed her to death.