The US state of Georgia has executed its oldest death row inmate, a 72-year-old man.

Brandon Astor Jones was sentenced to the death penalty 36 years ago, after being convicted of killing a shop manager during a robbery.

His execution was delayed by several hours after his lawyers filed a last-minute appeal with the Supreme Court.

According to BBC News, Jones was given a lethal injection in the early hours of today at a prison in Jackson, after accepting a final prayer.

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