HUFFINGTON POST
05/21/2010 04:47 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gerald James Holland Is Second Inmate Executed In Mississippi In 2 Days

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) -- The state of Mississippi has executed its second death row inmate in as many days, this time a man convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old girl.

Gerald James Holland was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:14 p.m. Thursday. At 72, he was the oldest inmate on the state's death row.

He was convicted in the rape and slaying of Krystal King at his home in 1986. Prison officials say he admitted to drinking heavily that night and killing the girl, but he never admitted to rape.

Paul Everette Woodward was executed Wednesday for his 1987 conviction in the rape-slaying of a 24-year-old woman.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says the last back-to-back executions occurred in 1961.