FLORENCE, Ariz., May 25 (UPI) -- A man convicted of raping and killing a 13-year-old girl in 1984 was put to death in Arizona late Wednesday after a day of legal delays.
Donald Beaty was originally scheduled to die at 10 a.m., The Arizona Republic reported. But the state Supreme Court imposed a stay late Tuesday because of questions about the drug cocktail to be used for the lethal injection.
At 6 p.m., after the Supreme Court lifted its stay and a federal appeals court allowed the execution to go forward, state corrections officials decided to proceed. Beaty died shortly after 8 p.m. in the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence.
Beaty was a maintenance employee in a Tempe apartment complex when he killed Christy Ann Fornoff. She was collecting money from newspaper delivery customers.
A shortage of one of the three drugs used in lethal injections has caused confusion and legal wrangling recently. Arizona made a last-minute switch after federal regulators said the drug corrections officials planned to use did not have the right paperwork and might have been imported illegally.
Beaty's lawyers argued the state should delay the execution because of lack of experience with the new cocktail. The U.S. Supreme Court and an appeals court in San Francisco allowed the execution to go forward.