Xinhua said Yang Jia was executed Wednesday morning in Shanghai after the country’s highest court upheld his death sentence. Xinhua originally reported that Yang was executed on Tuesday, but later changed it to Wednesday.
Yang forced his way into a Shanghai police station July 1 and stabbed six officers to death. He was convicted in all six killings.
Popular support for Yang swelled after local media reported that he told police the attack was revenge for the torture he allegedly suffered previously while being questioned by police about a stolen bicycle.