Ga. executes man who killed his wife in 1974

The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 16, 2008; 7:34 PM

JACKSON, Ga. -- A man on death row for 33 years has been executed in Georgia for murdering his wife in 1974.

Jack Alderman was pronounced dead Tuesday at 7:25 p.m. EDT at the Georgia State Prison in Jackson.

Alderman was convicted of killing his wife, Barbara. He and an accomplice beat her with a crescent wrench, choked her and left her submerged in bathtub water at their home near Savannah.

Those seeking clemency argued that the 57-year-old had been a model inmate and mentor to other prisoners. They also noted his accomplice was paroled after 12 years.

But prosecutors say Alderman instigated the killing.

Alderman is the third person executed in Georgia since an April U.S. Supreme Court ruling ended a seven-month halt on capital punishment nationwide.

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