JARRATT, Va. (AP) _ A man who shot and killed an Ethiopian immigrant when he was a teen-ager was executed by injection Wednesday night, despite protests by Amnesty International, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Sen. Edward Kennedy that his age at the time of the crime should prohibit the death penalty.

Dwayne Allen Wright had no final statement. His attorney, Robert Lee, said Wright's last words to him were, ``I love you.''

Defense attorneys had argued that Wright suffered brain damage as a child and is borderline retarded. They released notarized affidavits Sunday from two jurors saying they did not know Wright was brain damaged, and that they would not have sentenced him to death had they known.

The state said that three mental health experts who examined Wright after his arrest determined that he ``did not suffer from mental retardation or significant brain damage.''

Wright, 26, was 17 when he killed Saba Tekle outside her Annandale apartment. He had killed two other people earlier in the week.

Fairfax County police say Wright spotted Ms. Tekle on the road, decided to rape her, pointed a gun at her and forced her to undress. She began to do so, then fled screaming toward her apartment. Wright shot her in the back with a .38-caliber pistol.

Wright's age at the time of the killing prompted Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Bar Association, Harvard law professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Jackson and Kennedy, D-Mass., to protest the execution.

Wright's execution was the 10th in Virginia this year, the most since 1915.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Wright's execution was the 12th in the United States of juvenile offenders since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Seven of those have been in Texas.