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Rhode Execution Scheduled for 7 p.m. Today
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The execution of Jones County triple murderer Brandon Rhode is
scheduled to die at 7 p.m. today. That's after a series of delays last
week.

The state's Supreme Court Friday delayed, for three more days, the execution of Rhode.

Rhode was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Friday.

But around 4:30 p.m., the Georgia Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of execution until at least 4 p.m. today.

It came on a 6-1 vote, with Presiding Justice George Carley dissenting.

Friday's supreme court vote came after Rhode's attorneys filed several motions before the state's high court Friday.

Earlier in the day, a state court judge, Judge Thomas Wilson, ruled against a request from Rhode's attorney arguing that the execution be delayed until the court system can more thoroughly examine whether the inmate is competent enough to be executed.

The judge said the defense team has not sufficiently established that the prisoner's competency is a significant issue.

Rhode's attorney said the condemned man suffered a large loss of blood when he used a razor in a suicide attempt Tuesday. His attorney says the inmate could have suffered brain damage.

Rhode was treated in a hospital. Authorities say he's since been put in a restraining chair to prevent him from pulling out the sutures on his neck or doing any other harm to himself.

Thursday, a federal district judge also denied Rhode's motion to stop his execution scheduled for Friday night, said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright. 

Rhode was set to be executed Friday at 9 a.m. but Dept. of Correction's Commissioner Brian Owens delayed that by 10 hours.

Brandon Joseph Rhode is sentenced to die for the triple slaying of Steven Moss, 37, his son Bryan, 11, and daughter Kristin, 15.

Bright said it's up to Owens to decide the time frame.  He says Owens likely changed the time due to the "flurry of legal activity."

Bright said that's normal in a case like this, but called Rhode's case "double" the amount of legal activity because of the motions involving cruel and unusual punishment and the mental incompetency argument, in light of Rhode's attempted suicide earlier this week.

The Jones County Superior Court order of execution allows a one-week window for the execution to take place, from Tuesday, Sept. 21 at noon until tomorrow,  Sept. 28 at noon.

After that, Bright says a judge would have to sign another order of execution.

 

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