Arizona carried out its first execution in nearly eight years, after the United States Supreme Court rejected an eleventh-hour request from lawyers who said the man suffered from schizophrenia and should not be put to death.
The high court denied a request for a stay of execution early Wednesday afternoon, clearing the way for Arizona to move forward with the execution of Clarence Dixon, 66, by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Medication was administered at 10:19 a.m. and he was officially pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m.
Dixon was convicted of murder and sexual assault in connection with the death of 21-year-old Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin in 1978.
The case remained unsolved for decades until DNA linked Dixon to the murder in 2001, authorities say. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008.