May 6, 2008 / 5:09 AM / 11 years ago

U.S. conducts first execution after moratorium

Protestor Ed Weir holds a sign during a vigil for William Earl Lynd who was to be executed for the 1988 murder of his girlfriend Virginia Moore, in Jackson, Georgia, May 6, 2008. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia executed a convicted murderer on Tuesday, the first person to be put to death in the United States since the Supreme Court ended a de facto moratorium on capital punishment last month.

Witnesses said William Earl Lynd died by lethal injection at a prison in Jackson, central Georgia, at 7:51 p.m. He was convicted of shooting his girlfriend to death in December 1988.

Editing by Eric Beech

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