posted Sep 21, 2010, 12:24 PM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]
GFADP just received word that the Georgia Supreme Court granted Brandon Rhode a stay of execution until 2pm this Thursday, September 23. Therefore, vigils planned for tonight are cancelled. We expect that the State will proceed with the execution on Thursday evening, so please stay tuned for updates and plan to join us as we keep vigil on Thursday.

2:02 p.m. Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Death row inmate attempts suicide hours before scheduled execution

By Christian Boone and Bill Rankin 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brandon Rhode, set to die by lethal injection tonight at 7 p.m., tried to kill himself earlier this morning, his lawyer told the AJC.

His execution remains on as scheduled, attorney Brian Kammer said.

Kammer has filed a motion with Georgia's Supreme Court for an emergency stay, arguing "Mr. Rhode is incompetent to be executed and his execution would violate the Eighth Amendment."

In the motion, Kammer said he has received no information regarding his client's whereabouts or condition. "Execution of Mr. Rhode ... does not comport with [Department of Corrections] lethal injection protocols and is nothing less than a ‘descent into brutality, transgressing the constitutional commitment to decency and restraint.' "

Rhode, 31, would be the 25th person in Georgia to die by lethal injection and the 48th the state has executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1973. Kammer said he has been denied access to his client since the suicide attempt.

He was convicted in the 1998 murders of an 11-year-old boy, 15-year-old girl and their father.