Mississippi executes ex-Marine convicted of rape and murder

The 58-year-old will be executed on Wednesday for the rape and murder of a teenage girl in 2000.

A former US Marine who confessed to raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in 2000 is to be executed on Wednesday in the state of Mississippi.

Thomas Edwin Loden, 58, will receive a lethal injection at 6pm local time at Parchman Penitentiary, an overcrowded prison in this conservative southern US state.

Thomas Edwin Loden had pleaded guilty to the 2000 kidnapping of Leesa Gray, who was isolated on a country road when her car had a flat tire.

A former Marine and recruiter for this Army Corps, he had confessed to raping Leesa Gray several times in his van before strangling and then strangling her.

“I’m sorry”

Thomas Edwin Loden had been discovered the next day on the side of a road with the words “Sorry” carved into his chest, according to court documents.

Thomas Edwin Loden was sentenced to death in 2001.

His execution Wednesday will be the first in Mississippi this year and the second since 2013, as the state has struggled in recent years to secure the lethal drugs needed for executions.

He would become the 18th prisoner executed in the United States in 2022.

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