2 Apr 2011

Double killer executed

1:45 pm on 2 April 2011

A man who kidnapped, robbed and killed a couple 25 years ago has been put to death in Alabama after the United States Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal.

William Glenn Boyd, 45, was pronounced dead at the state prison in Atmore 23 minutes after being given a lethal injection on Thursday.

Aged 20 when he committed the killings, Boyd was sentenced to death by the judge who presided over the trial after the jury found him guilty.

His lawyers had filed a last-minute appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that the judge violated state and federal law by imposing a death sentence after the jury called for sentencing Boyd to life without the possibility of parole.

It was the state's second execution this year.