Suicidal death row inmate appeals to delay Georgia execution set for late FridayBy AP
Friday, September 24, 2010
Suicidal death row inmate appeals Ga. execution
ATLANTA — A Georgia death row inmate is asking the courts to delay his execution after he tried to commit suicide.
Lawyers for Brandon Joseph Rhode have appeals in state and federal courts pending and want a delay in the execution set for 7 p.m. Friday.
The 31-year-old was convicted in 2000 of killing a father and two children in their home in Jones County in central Georgia.
Joseph used a disposable razor to slash his throat and wrists just hours before his execution was previously scheduled on Tuesday.
Rhode was treated in a hospital. Authorities say he’s since been put in a restraining chair to prevent him from pulling out the sutures on his neck or doing any other harm to himself.
(This version CORRECTS that execution is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EDT.)