A man convicted of killing three women in three states nodded to a sheriff who pursued him and smiled at a prison minister before he died in Virginia's electric chair.

Buddy Earl Justus, 37, had no final words Thursday before he was executed at the State Peniteniary. He was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m.After he was strapped in the oak electric chair, Justus nodded at Montgomery County Sheriff Louis E. Barber, who investigated the 1978 rape-slaying of Ida Mae Moses, 21, when she was nearly nine months pregnant.

Justus was convicted of raping and shooting Moses three times in the head on Oct. 3, 1978. He also received death sentences for murdering Rosemary Jackson, 32, in Gwinnett County, Ga., and Stephanie Hawkins, 21, in Tampa, Fla., later that month.