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Jan 6, 2010 12:18 PM by Associated Press

Louisiana preps for its first execution since 2002

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana will conduct its first execution since 2002 when convicted killer Gerald Bordelon is put to death Thursday by injection for murdering his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

State prison officials say they don't expect any last-minute disruption to the execution plans at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Bordelon waived his right to appeal his death sentence, and his lawyer has pushed to proceed on schedule.

Bordelon strangled Courtney LeBlanc after kidnapping her from her Livingston Parish home at knifepoint. He gave a taped confession.

He is scheduled to be executed between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday.

The last person executed in Louisiana was Leslie Dale Martin, convicted of raping and killing a 19-year-old college student in 1991. Martin was put to death in May 2002.

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