Fri., July 22, 2011 8:58am (EDT)

State Videotapes Execution
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

JACKSON, Ga.  —  
The execution of Andrew DeYoung Thursday night in Jackson was videotaped by the state. (photo-Oz Australie)
The execution of Andrew DeYoung Thursday night in Jackson was videotaped by the state. (photo-Oz Australie)
A Georgia man convicted of killing his parents and sister was executed Thursday after the courts allowed what was likely the nation's first video-recorded execution in almost two decades.

Andrew DeYoung was put to death by lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson after courts turned down his appeals. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m.

The execution was set for Wednesday but was pushed back a day as the state tried to block the video recording. It was requested by another death row inmate seeking evidence of problems with Georgia's reconfigured lethal injection procedure.

The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower judge's order to allow the video, despite warnings from the state Attorney General's office that it could raise the "potential for sensationalism and abuse."

The order requires the tape to be kept under seal.