Double murderer Kenneth Lee Boyd became the 1,000th prisoner to be executed in the US since the reinstatement of capital punishment in 1976 when he was put to death by lethal injection yesterday.
The symbolism of the execution renewed debate over capital punishment, and came on a day that executions in Singapore and Saudi Arabia also sparked international outcry.
"God bless everybody in here," Boyd said in his last words from the death chamber at Central Prison in North Carolina's state capital, Raleigh. Boyd, 57, was a Vietnam War veteran with a history of alcohol abuse. He was executed for killing his wife and father-in-law in 1988, in front of two of his children.