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Georgia Executes, Daniel Anthony Lucas, Man Convicted in Triple Killing

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia has executed a man convicted in the April 1998 killings of a trucking company owner and his two children during a home burglary.

Daniel Anthony Lucas was declared dead at 9:54 p.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson following a lethal injection.

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In this undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, death row inmate Daniel Anthony Lucas is seen. AP

He was convicted of killing 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 15-year-old daughter Kristin and his 11-year-old son Bryan, who interrupted the burglary at their home near Macon. Lucas apologized to the family of the victims.

Another man convicted in the killings, Brandon Joseph Rhode, was executed in 2010.

Court filings show Lucas and Rhode broke into the home seeking valuables to get money for drugs. Bryan Moss saw them and entered with a baseball bat and was shot by Lucas, filings show.

Prosecutors said Rhode shot the girl, then her father, when each arrived home.

Earlier Wednesday, Georgia's highest court and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop the execution, which was the fifth in the state this year.