Alabama death row inmate executed

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama death row inmate Max Payne has been executed by lethal injection for the 1992 kidnapping, robbery and killing of Cullman store owner Braxton Brown.

Payne died at 6:25 p.m. as his two sisters and other family members wept quietly in the witness viewing room. Payne motioned a hand sign that means "I love you" to his relatives before losing consciousness. Asked if he had any last words, Payne said, "I just want to tell my family I love them."

Once the lethal injection began, Payne gestured to family members, spoke quietly with prison chaplain Chris Summers and then closed his eyes, took a deep breath and stopped moving. Payne was the sixth inmate executed in Alabama this year.

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