JARRATT, Va. (AP) _ Confessed killer David Mark Pruett was executed in the electric chair Thursday for raping and murdering his best friend's wife nearly nine years ago.

Pruett, 44, was pronounced dead at 11:11 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center, said Wayne Brown, the prison's operations officer.

The execution came less than six hours after the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, unanimously rejected Pruett's final appeal.

David Bass, an operations manager for the state Department of Corrections, said Pruett was visited Thursday by his wife. Bass said the two had been married recently, but he was unsure of the exact date.

Pruett was convicted in 1986 of raping and stabbing Wilma Harvey, 35, in her Virginia Beach home on Feb. 12, 1985, while her husband, Richard, was away on business. Mrs. Harvey's nude body with multiple stab wounds was found on her bed with her hands tied behind her back.

Harvey had given Pruett a job as a cook at the restaurant he managed.

Five of Mrs. Harvey's relatives, including her mother, Margaret Lanham of Summersville, W.Va., gathered outside the prison before the execution. Prison officials denied Ms. Lanham's request to witness the execution.

''Pruett should be treated like my daughter,'' Ms. Lanham said. ''If I could get to him, I would do it to him like he did it to my daughter. The punishment should fit the crime.''

When he confessed to slaying Mrs. Harvey, Pruett told investigators he had killed Deborah McInnis, a co-worker at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Virginia Beach, in 1975. He was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery in that case four months after the capital conviction.

In a petition filed with Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, one of Pruett's lawyers, Donald Lee, argued that the death sentence should be commuted to life in prison.

Lee said jurors who sentenced Pruett to die never heard about his severe emotional and psychological problems.

When Wilder was asked to explain why he rejected clemency, he pulled out a photo of Mrs. Harvey with her throat slashed and said, ''That's why.''

Pruett became the fifth inmate executed in Virginia this year and the 22nd since the state reinstituted capital punishment in 1982. He was the 226th person executed in the United States since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states could resume use of the death penalty.