A man convicted of raping and killing a 10-year-old girl more than 20 years ago after a federal appeals court dismissed a late stay.
Keith Dwayne Nelson became the fifth federal death row inmate to be put to death this year.
According to msn reports,Keith Dwayne Nelson (left), 45, kidnapped 10-year-old Pamela Butler (right) on October 12, 1999. She was rollerblading in front of her home when he approached her.
Nelson's attorneys had filed a flurry of last-minute legal challenges to his execution, including arguments that the use of the drug pentobarbital, used in every federal lethal injection this summer, violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. The appeals court in Washington, DC, ultimately ordered his execution must move forward despite his claim. They did not appeal to the Supreme Court.