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Nation IN BRIEF : SOUTH CAROLINA : Man Executed for Inmate Bomb Death

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A man who had stabbed, shot or drowned 13 people, out of racial hatred or because he disapproved of their drinking or drug-taking, was executed Friday for killing a fellow Death Row inmate with a bomb. Donald Gaskins, 58, walked unaided into the death chamber at a South Carolina prison and gave a thumbs-up sign to his crying attorney before being put to death in the electric chair. He was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. Gaskins was sentenced to death for killing Rudolph Tyner, who was killed in 1982 by a homemade bomb disguised as a radio. Gaskins, who was white, said he agreed to the killing because Tyner was black.


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