07 Jun '11, 6am

China executes music student over hit-and-run murder

BEIJING - CHINA on Tuesday executed a music student convicted of stabbing a woman to death after hurting her in a car crash, a crime that sparked national debate over China's 'rich second generation.' Yao Jiaxin was executed after the high court in north China's Shaanxi province turned down his appeal over the April 22 death sentence, China Central Television reported. The execution was also approved by China's Supreme People's Court, which noted the 'extremely despicable and odious' nature of the crime, the Xinhua news agency reported. Yao, 21, was convicted of murdering 26-year-old mother Zhang Miao on October 20 after hitting her with his car on the streets of the provincial capital of Xian. Zhang, who was riding her bike, only suffered minor injuries in the accident but instead of helping the woman, Yao stabbed her eight times with a knife as she eyed his car number pl...

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