A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder has become the first person to be executed in the U.S. since a botched execution left an Oklahoma man writhing on a gurney for more than half-an-hour in April.
Marcus Wellons, 59, was executed by injection Tuesday night after last-minute appeals were denied. A corrections spokesman says he was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., more than an hour after the procedure began.
The execution seemed to go smoothly, with no noticeable complications. Georgia uses one drug — the sedative pentobarbital — for executions. Oklahoma uses three.
Soon after Wellons' execution, a Missouri corrections spokesman said John Winfield died early Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre.
Another convicted killer, John Ruthell Henry, is scheduled to die later Wednesday in Florida.