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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 3:55am

Hammond Put To Death By State

A Georgia man convicted of killing an Atlanta preschool teacher in a high-profile case has been executed by state corrections officials.

Emmanuel Hammond was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson after state and federal courts turned down his appeals. The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m.

Hammond was convicted of the 1988 murder of Julie Love, a 27-year-old who was abducted in north Atlanta after her car ran out of gas.

Prosecutors say Love was beaten and raped before Hammond took her into the woods, shot her to death and dumped her body into a trash pile.

Investigators didn't find her body until August 1989, when Hammond's girlfriend told police he was responsible for her disappearance.