Ohio has executed an inmate who robbed and strangled his 67—year—old neighbour in 1994 to get money to buy alcohol.

Lawrence Reynolds Jr. died by lethal injection on Tuesday morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. His death came nine days after Reynolds overdosed on pills in a suicide attempt that delayed his execution by a week.

The 43—year—old Reynolds was convicted for the 1994 killing of Loretta Foster, a widow who lived three doors down in their neighbourhood near Akron.

Prosecutors said Reynolds was an alcoholic who was out of work and had little money. He forced his way into Foster’s house, strangled her with rope and left with $40 in cash and a blank check from her purse.

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