8:52: Final update: William Earl Lynd has been executed for the murder of Ginger Moore. Mr. Lynd’s execution ends the longest period between executions since 1982. This is the 1100th execution in the modern era and the first following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Baze v. Rees.
The execution began at 7:34 PM and Mr. Lynd was pronounced dead at 7:51 PM. No reason was given by Ga DoC for the delay in execution or for the 17 minutes between commencement and time of death. “The condemned declined to make a statement or offer a prayer” [ IHT, ]
Courtesy of SCOTUSBLOG, the stay application (07A880), found here, The petition (07-10760) can be downloaded here. The state’s opposition to delaying the execution and its request for denial of the petition is here. A reply by Lynd’s counsel is here. Th e text of the denial of cert & staycan be found here.
Prior updates after the jump.:
8:19 PM Eastern: A reader notes that this is the longest period between executions since 1982.
8:05 PM Eastern William Earl Lynd has been executed for the murder of Ginger Moore. This is the 1100th execution in the modern era and the first following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Baze v. Rees. The last execution was held when my son was 4 days old, he is now closing in on his eighth monthiversary. This is longest amount of time between executions since at least the early nineties. No reason yet for the delay in the official pronouncement. There are many reasons other than the State of Georgia botching the first execution post-Baze that could explain the delay in reporting a time of death, however, such a delay often indicates problems with the execution process. I’ll update more later.
7:25 PM Eastern: The Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of William Earl Lynd, a prisoner in Georgia. His death is believed to be underway. The SCOTUS’s order is here. Steve Hall @ StandDown is likewise appears to be liveblogging.