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Delaware Man Executed For Woman’s 1992 Ax Slaying

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Robert Jackson III

Robert Jackson III

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.)

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