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Ala. inmate in 2005 Halloween killing put to death

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 7:36pm  ET

FILE -- This file photo, released Friday, July 19, 2013 by the Alabama Dept. of Corrections, shows inmate Andrew Reid Lackey pictured in March 18, 2009. Lackey is scheduled for execution Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the death chamber at Holman Prison in Atmore, Ala. If Lackey is executed it will be the first execution in Alabama in almost two years. (AP Photo, ALABAMA DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS, file)

BOB JOHNSON
Associated Press

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama has executed its first inmate since 2011, a man convicted of the beating and shooting death of an elderly man on Halloween night in 2005.

Authorities say 29-year-old Andrew Lackey was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Thursday after receiving an injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.

Authorities say Lackey was seeking money when he killed 80-year-old Charles Newman at his Limestone County home. Court records show Newman made an emergency call to police the night of his death and could be heard saying, "Leave me alone" and "What do you want?"

Lackey, who had dropped all appeals, became the first person executed by the state since October 2011. Executions had been partly slowed because of a legal dispute over the drugs being used.


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