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Georgia executes its oldest death row inmate, aged 72

This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Mr. Jones, who was convicted in the 1979 shooting to death of a suburban Atlanta store manager, Roger Tackett, was executed on Wednesday after an injection of barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson.

This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Mr. Jones, who was convicted in the 1979 shooting to death of a suburban Atlanta store manager, Roger Tackett, was executed on Wednesday after an injection of barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson.  

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Brandon Astor Jones was convicted in the killing of a conveneince store manager in 1979.

Georgia executed a 72-year-old man, the state’s oldest death row inmate, early on Wednesday for the killing of a convenience store manager during a robbery decades ago.

Brandon Astor Jones was pronounced dead at 12-46 a.m. on Wednesday after an injection of barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in the 1979 shooting to death of a suburban Atlanta store manager, Roger Tackett.

Mr. Jones declined to make a final statement in front of witnesses but agreed to have a prayer read.

Execution delayed

The execution had initially been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday and was delayed while the U.S. Supreme Court considered appeals from Mr. Jones’ attorneys. They asked the justices to block the execution for either of two reasons -- because Mr. Jones was challenging Georgia’s lethal injection secrecy law or because he said his death sentence was disproportionate to his crime.

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