A Virginia man convicted of raping and killing an elderly woman in her Williamsburg apartment 10 years ago was executed on Thursday by lethal injection, becoming the state's first inmate put to death using a new three-drug mixture.
Officials at the Greensville Correctional Center told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Jerry Terrell Jackson, 30, was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m. Officials used the sedative pentobarbital as the first of three drugs administered in lethal injections.
Tonight, the death sentence of Jerry Jackson was carried out by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the brutal rape and murder of Ruth Phillips, Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.
Jackson was on death row since 2003. He was convicted of entering the 88-year-old woman's apartment on Aug. 26, 2001.
Reuters said Jackson told police he did not know Phillips was home. However, the senior was lying in bed at the time and confronted Jackson. She told him to take what he wanted and leave, but Jackson held a pillow against her face until she stopped screaming, raping her at the same time, the news agency reported, adding that he left the building with $60. He stole the woman's car and used the money to buy marijuana.
Phillips' body was found by her son after she didn't go to church or answer her telephone.
Jackson was the 32nd person executed in the United States this year, according to Reuters. The news agency said it was a fingerprint on a piece of paper inside a wallet next to Phillips' bed and DNA from hair found on and around her body that implicated Jackson, and a jury found him guilty of capital murder.
Jackson made no final statement.
Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said there were no complications with the execution.