Florida Executes Murderer

Convicted killer Arthur Rutherford was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 1985 murder of a Milton woman.

The governor's office said the 57-year-old Vietnam veteran and handyman was declared dead at 6:13 p.m. Eastern Time.

Rutherford was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his challenges over the state's lethal injection procedure and other issues.

He was condemned for the 1985 attack on 63-year-old Stella Salamon, a widow whose naked body was found submerged in the bathtub of her Milton home.

Rutherford had last visits Wednesday morning with more than a dozen relatives, including his father, children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers.


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