Around midnight, two men were executed in Georgia and Missouri respectively, the first executions in the U.S. since Clayton Lockett's went horribly awry in Oklahoma at the end of April. Though attorneys for both men filed appeals to put the executions on hold, they were ultimately denied by the Supreme Court.

At 11:56 p.m., Marcus Wellons was executed in Georgia. Wellons was sentenced to death back in 1989 for the brutal rape and murder of 15-year-old India Roberts. A lethal dose of pentobarbital, a drug that has not yet been federally approved, was used, marking the first execution to be used with a drug that hasn't been approved. 

John Winfield was executed at 12:01 a.m. in Georgia after the Supreme Court refused to halt the process. He was sentenced to death following a 1996 shooting that killed two women and left the mother of his children blind. 

The third execution since April's debacle is slated to take place at 6 p.m. this evening, as John Henry will be executed in Florida for the 1985 murder of his wife. 

[via Gawker and Springfield News-Leader]

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