Delaware Man Executed For Woman’s 1992 Ax Slaying

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — A man who killed a woman with an ax during a botched home burglary has become Delaware’s first inmate to be executed since 2005.

Gov. Jack Markell said Robert Jackson III was put to death by lethal injection at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna early Friday.

Jackson was sentenced to death for the murder of 47-year-old Elizabeth Girardi. According to trial testimony, Girardi was killed after she returned to her home in Hockessin in April 1992 and found Jackson and an accomplice leaving her home with stolen jewelry and other items. While the accomplice ran, Jackson used an ax he found in a woodshed to strike Girardi repeatedly in the head.

Jackson was the 15th person put to death by Delaware since 1992.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Ralphy Boy

    Granting the state the power to kill anyone is granting the state the power to kill YOU!

    • Zzbar

      Do things to get killed, that’s how it is. You kill, you get killed.

  • anon513

    Now if only Pennsylvania would follow suit, it would be a wonderful thing. Death Row for Pennsylvania is just life in prison without parole. Technically, there IS no Death Row in Pennsylvania.

  • Stephanie Kennedy

    Well now the family can have some sort of closure. For all the people that are against the Death Penalty. I don’t think that you would have that atttude if it happened to one of your loved ones. As for this cruel and unusual punishment. So be it if they suffer, what about the victims. I think that the lethal Injection is to easy. I am one day hoping that all States bring back ole Sparky. Let them fry.

    • anon513

      I absolutely agree …. bring back old Sparky!!

      • anon513

        And USE it!!

  • Guess Who

    The idiots protesting his deserved execution should be locked up.

  • DocG

    Good for Delaware, May he rot in Hxll ! I remember when Delaware hung people.

    • grumpy

      I also remember when Delaware had the whipping post……..bring em all back and see the crime rate start to drop!

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