Delaware man executed for woman's 1992 ax slaying

By JESSICA GRESKO | July 29, 2011 | 12:29 AM EDT

In this undated photo released by the Delaware Department of Corrections, Robert Jackson III is shown. Delaware is moving closer to executing its first prisoner, Robert Jackson III, since 2005 as time runs out for the legal appeals of a man convicted of killing a woman with an ax. Jackson III is scheduled to die by lethal injection early Friday, July 29, 2011, between 12:01 a.m. and 3 a.m. (AP Photo/Delaware Department of Corrections)

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a woman with an ax during a botched home burglary has become Delaware's first inmate to be executed since 2005.

Gov. Jack Markell said Robert Jackson III was put to death by lethal injection at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna early Friday.

Jackson was sentenced to death for the murder of 47-year-old Elizabeth Girardi. According to trial testimony, Girardi was killed after she returned to her home in Hockessin in April 1992 and found Jackson and an accomplice leaving her home with stolen jewelry and other items. While the accomplice ran, Jackson used an ax he found in a woodshed to strike Girardi repeatedly in the head.

Markell denied Jackson's request for a reprieve late Thursday.

Jackson became the 15th person put to death by Delaware since 1992.