US man put to death for elderly women's rapes, murders

WASHINGTON - An Oklahoma man sentenced to death for the murders of two elderly women a quarter-century ago was executed by lethal injection late Tuesday, state prison officials said.

Ronald Lott, 53, was pronounced dead at 6:06 pm (0006 GMT Wednesday) said Jerry Massie, a spokesman for the prison system in the southern US state.

Lott's victims, one of whom was in her 80s and the other in her 90s, were both raped before they were killed in separate attacks in the mid-1980s.

It was the 37th execution this year in the United States and the fifth in Oklahoma, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which monitors capital punishment cases in the United States.

The non-profit group said Lott was the 107th inmate executed in the United States since capital punishment was restored, after being suspended between 1972 and 1976 over legal challenges.