Ohio Executes Murderer Who Admitted Five Killings
Convicted murderer John Fautenberry, who admitted to killing five people in different U.S. states between 1990 and 1991, was executed on Tuesday at an Ohio prison, a spokesman said.
Another convicted murderer who was due to be executed on Tuesday -- Paul Warner Powell in Virginia -- meanwhile obtained a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court pending further review.
Fautenberry, a former truck driver, was administered a lethal injection at 10:37 am (1437 GMT), said Andrea Carson at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
He was initially sentenced to death for the February 1991 killing of a 46-year-old man in New Jersey. He later confessed to four other murders in the states of Alaska, Oregon and Tennessee.
According to tradition the condemned man was given a special meal a day earlier, which the prison said was two fried eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, and two candy bars.
No members of his family were present at the execution, but members from the families of two of his victims attended.
Powell, who had been convicted of the 1999 murder of 16-year-old girl, was granted a stay for further legal review.
"We will continue to defend the capital conviction through the legal system," David Clementson, spokesman for the Virginia attorney general's office, told AFP.
The United States executed 37 people in 2008 and 33 so far in 2009. Fautenberry was the second person to be executed in Ohio this year.