US State of Georgia Executes Convict After 34 Years on Death Row
The southern U.S. state of Georgia executed a man early Friday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for the convict who had been on death row for 34 years.
John Wayne Conner received a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia.
The 60-year-old Conner was scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening, but the appeals process was still under way.
Conner was convicted for fatally beating his friend J.T. White during an argument after a night of drinking in 1982.
Conner's execution is the sixth in Georgia this year, a record under the current death penalty law.
Kerry: Nice Terror Attack Shows Need for Increased Action in Syria
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Friday, said the attack in Nice showed the growing need for action to stamp out terrorism, particularly in Syria.
Kerry is visiting Moscow in an effort to secure Russian cooperation in anti-terror operations in Syria, despite a breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations over Ukraine, NATO and other issues that have left both sides simmering with distrust.
Thursday night, a man driving a truck drove through a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day along Nice’s seaside promenade, killing at least 84 people and injuring dozens of others. Kerry referred to the “incredible carnage” in Nice when he said something needs to be done about terrorists in Syria.
Kerry's two days of talks with the Russians are expected to touch on a wide range of issues; but, leaked reports first published by The Washington Post suggest the top U.S. diplomat is offering Putin something dramatic: a U.S.-Russia military alliance against Islamic State, al-Qaida and other extremist groups in Syria.