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Delay in videotaped US execution


US prison officials in Georgia have delayed the execution of a death row inmate who would have been the subject of the nation's first videotaped execution in nearly two decades.

It was not immediately clear why the state corrections department rescheduled the execution of Andrew Grant DeYoung for Thursday at 7pm local time.

The move came less than an hour after the US supreme court had denied DeYoung's bid to halt the execution.

When asked why the execution had been pushed back, Sam Olens, the attorney general, said the delay was due to reasons "broader" than the video taping.

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