Medical examiner: Electrocuted inmate suffered minor burns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state's medical examiner says convicted child killer Daryl Holton suffered minor burns on his head and legs during his execution by electric chair.

Dr. Bruce Levy said the cause of death was high-voltage electrocution, which caused Holton's heart to stop beating.

He said the burns were consistent with those in routine electrocutions. There were no signs of severe burning of the skin, disfigurement or other major injuries.

The former soldier convicted of killing his three sons and their half-sister with an assault rifle in 1997. He was the first inmate executed in the electric chair in Tennessee since 1960.

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