Man executed in death of elderly woman

May 17, 2011 - 7:43 PM

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man convicted of the shotgun slaying of an elderly woman whose body was left near a rural bridge has been executed.

Corrections officials said 38-year-old Rodney Gray was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the state penitentiary at Parchman.

Gray was sentenced to death in 1996 for killing 79-year-old Grace Blackwell of Louin, whose body was found Aug. 15, 1994, at the end of a Newton County bridge. Blackwell died from a shotgun wound to the head.

Blackwell was last seen after cashing a $1,200 check at the woman's bank and her car was later found behind a service station. In court records, prosecutors said Blackwell's blood was found on Gray's clothing.

Gray was visited by his mother Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last appeal.