No executions in SC for more than 2 years

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - For the second year in a row, South Carolina had no executions in 2013.

It mirrors national trends that have moved away from putting inmates to death. In a report that came out this month, the Death Penalty Information Center says fewer and fewer people are being executed nationwide.

Last year, the center says 39 inmates were executed in nine states. That represents a drop of 10 percent from a year earlier.

South Carolina last executed someone in May 2011, when 36-year-old Jeffrey Motts was put to death for strangling his cellmate. He was already serving a life sentence for a 1995 double murder.

There are currently 46 inmates on South Carolina's death row, all men. They range in age from 30 to 69 years old.

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