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Death Row Inmate Emmanuel Hammond Executed on Tuesday
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ATLANTA -- The man convicted of killing an Atlanta preschool teacher has been executed. 

   Emmanuel Hammond was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson.

   The 45 year old was pronounced dead at 11:39pm.

   Hammond was previously scheduled to be executed at 7pm, but got a last-minute reprieve from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas wanted the high court to have enough time to evaluate an appeal from Hammond's defense attorneys. The court later turned down the appeal.

 Georgia's Supreme Court denied Hammond a second stay hours earlier. "It also denied his application to appeal a ruling late today by the Fulton County Superior Court denying his emergency motion to 'test the efficacy of Georgia's sodium thiopental supply'," said State Supreme Court spokeswoman Jane Hansen. Sodium thiopental is a key ingredient in lethal injections; the only U.S. maker of the drug has decided to discontinue its production.

Hammond was convicted in 1990 of Julie Love's kidnap and murder in 1988.

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