A decorated Vietnam veteran who killed a sheriff’s deputy in 1998 was the first person to be executed in the U.S. in 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his argument that the post-traumatic stress he suffered from combat should make him exempt from capital punishment.

Andrew Brannan, 66, was put to death in Jackson, Georgia, the state attorney general’s office said, less than an hour after the high court denied his petition without comment.

Brannan’s lawyers had argued in court papers that “the very impairments which must now render Andrew Brannan and other combat veterans like him ineligible for execution were trained into them by our government in order to make them better soldiers on the battlefield.”
 

 

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