NOVEMBER 29, 2005 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST
VARNER, AR - Arkansas death row inmate Eric Nance has been put to death by injection for the murder of a young woman in Malvern.
The Monday night execution was delayed for an hour-and-a-half so U.S. Supreme Court justices could consider separate claims that Nance was mentally retarded and that additional DNA testing might clear his name.
During the delay, Nance waited in a holding cell near Arkansas' death chamber at the Cummins Unit at Varner.
After the justices rejected Nance's pleas, Arkansas executed him for the killing and attempted rape of 18-year-old Julie Heath. Authorities said her throat had been slashed with a box cutter.
Nance offered no last words. Family members of Heath took note that Nance did not say he was sorry.