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Emmanuel Hammond - Georgia Death Row - Scheduled Execution
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Start : Tuesday 25 January 2011, 22:00
End : Tuesday 25 January 2011, 22:00

Emmanuel Hammond - Georgia Death Row - Scheduled Execution for January 25, 2011

EXECUTED 11:39pm

Victims: Julie Love

The Crime: Hammond spotted Love walking on a busy northwest Atlanta road the night of July 11, 1988, after she ran out of gas. After she refused to get in the car, he jumped out, grabbed Love and threw her in the back. He then beat her with a sawed-off shotgun after they failed to get money from her ATM cards, and a co-defendant raped her.

Hammond then got clothes hangers and a sheet from the trunk of the car and used them to bind Love. He tied her hands behind her back and wrapped a sheet around her body and tried to strangle her before she broke free. Hammond then took Love into the woods, and a few minutes later a co-defendant heard a gunshot.

Hammond later told his girlfriend that he "blew the side of her face off" and dumped her body in a trash pile, she testified in court. The sawed-off shotgun was recovered, as were Love's earrings, which were pawned for $140.

Prosecutors said Hammond had struck before. They say he had kidnapped and robbed or attempted to rob young women on three previous occasions. He stabbed one of the women numerous times and left her for dead on a trash pile, they said.

Hammond was convicted of Love's murder in March 1990 and sentenced to death a day later.

News: Georgia executed by lethal injection late on Tuesday a convicted rapist and murderer who abducted a preschool teacher after her car ran out of gas and shot her in the head.

Emmanuel Hammond, 45, died at central Georgia's Diagnostic and Classification Prison at 11:39 p.m. local time, according to prisons spokeswoman Kristen Stancil.

The Supreme Court delayed the execution by several hours while it considered whether to hear a final appeal. The state supreme court earlier rejected an appeal by Hammond's lawyers to postpone the execution.

Julie Love, 27, was engaged to be married at the time of her death in 1988. Hammond abducted her in Atlanta after her car ran out of fuel at night. He first tried to strangle her and then shot her with a sawed-off shotgun, according to court testimony.

While awaiting trial, Hammond bragged about raping her, according to the testimony of a jailer.

Georgia has now executed 49 men since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 and Hammond is the 26th to die by lethal injection.

Hammond's attorneys lost an appeal on Monday to delay the execution to allow them to investigate Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental, one of the drugs used in lethal injections. The drug has been in short supply nationally.

The state Department of Corrections said it had "an appropriate supply of sodium thiopental."

Hammond's last meal was fried chicken, French fries, corn on the cob, jalapeno peppers, mint chocolate chip ice cream and cherry limeade, the department said.

source: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70P44F20110126

Last Meal: fried chicken, French fries, corn on the cob, jalapeno peppers, mint chocolate chip ice cream and cherry limeade

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