COURT REJECTS LAST-DITCH DNA APPEAL (Georgia Child Killer Executed)
Eddie Albert Crawford, a 57 year old man who kidnapped, raped and murdered his 2 year old niece, was executed last night after the Supreme Court rejected his request for a stay. Defense attorneys had argued DNA testing of two newly discovered hairs could prove he is not the killer. Crawford was pronounced dead at 7:49 p.m. after 20 years on death row, two trials and a seven-month delay since his execution was originally scheduled for December.
Crawford sneaked into the house and kidnapped the girl after her mother, his sister-in-law, refused to have sex with him. He claimed he blacked out after heavy drinking and didn't remember what happened. He was linked to the crime by other hair and carpet fibers found on the girl's body, as well as her blood found in his car.