State Executes Nance Monday Night

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.

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