A Mississippi man convicted of the 1995 sexual assault and slaying of the wife
of his ex-boss, has been executed.
Larry Matthew Puckett, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday following a
lethal injection at the state penitentiary, authorities said.
Rhonda Hatten Griffis, a 28-year-old mother of 2, was found dead at home on
Oct. 14, 1995. She was an only child and her parents were listed as witnesses
for the execution. Puckett had previously worked as a landscaper for Griffis'
Griffis' mother, Nancy Hatten, told The Associated Press she came upon Puckett,
then 18, in the home after the killing. She said Puckett tried to blame the
woman's husband, who arrived afterward and scuffled with the man. Puckett fled
and was arrested two days later.
Puckett becomes the 2nd condemned inmate to be put to death this year in
Mississippi and the 17th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in
Puckett becomes the 10th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the
USA and the1287th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17,
(sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin)