A British native who killed for $60 was electrocuted Friday night moments after spitting at the prison warden when asked for a final statement.

Nicholas Lee Ingram was pronounced dead at 9:15 p.m., prison officials said.His impending execution had triggered a media frenzy in Britain and a torrent of phone calls and letters, including one from the archbishop of Canterbury pleading for leniency.

Ingram was defiant to the end, glaring at the witnesses. After being strapped into the electric chair, he spat at Warden Gerry Thomas when Thomas asked if he wanted to make a statement.

The warden then asked Ingram if he would like a last prayer; Ingram simply closed his eyes.

His lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, said later that he was told to issue Ingram's final statement. He said Ingram had "total and utter contempt for the whole system of killing people."

Ingram, 31, was sentenced to death for abducting 55-year-old J.C. Sawyer from his suburban Atlanta home in 1983, robbing him of $60, tying him to a tree and shooting him in the head. He also shot Sawyer's wife; she survived and identified Ingram as the killer.

The execution at the state prison in Jackson, about 40 miles from Atlanta, was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute request for a stay.

Ingram, who held dual citizenship, was born in England in 1963 to a British mother and American father. The family moved to Georgia a year later.

Ingram's mother had asked the British government to intervene. But Prime Minister John Major, visiting Washington, D.C., this week, declined.

Britain effectively outlawed capital punishment in 1965, although it's still on the books for treason.