ANGOLA, La. — A two-time killer who shot a Louisiana state trooper to death was executed early today despite international outcries that he was nearly mentally retarded and a mere teen-ager at the time of the crime.
Dalton Prejean, who had won 10 previous delays of scheduled executions, was pronounced dead at 12:21 a.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted, 7 to 2, Thursday night to deny a stay for Prejean.
Prejean's execution was the nation's third in 24 hours. Texas and Missouri each executed killers early Thursday. His death was the 128th in the nation and the 19th in Louisiana, since capital punishment resumed in 1977.