The U.S. authorities executed a second man in just three days on Thursday after the Supreme Court approved the resumption of federal executions after a 17-year hiatus in the execution of these sentences.
The Department of Justice has stated that Wesley Ira Purkey was executed during the day and sentenced to death in 2004 for raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl before she dismembered and burned her body. He was also convicted of murdering an 80-year-old woman and kidnapping and murdering a child.
The department’s spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, said in a statement that Purkey was executed in Terre Haute prison. “Purkey was pronounced dead by the Vigo County Medical Examiner at 8.19am (local time),” he riveted.
The execution was scheduled for Wednesday, but was delayed at the last minute, according to the German news agency DPA, for a medical examination of the condition of the 68-year-old suspect suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s.