hung/hanged for his crime?

What`s the right word to use for executions?

1.- The murderer was hung for his crime?
2.- The murderer was hanged for his crime?

Good morning everyone, thanks once more for your kind assistance.
God Bless you all.
Cisco.

Hi Cisco

Here is what the American Heritage Dictionary has to say on that topic:

Thus, your second sentence is better.
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In my usage:

1.- The murderer was hung for his crime. = they hung him up, but we don’t know if he died as a consequence. The intention may not have been to kill him.
2.- The murderer was hanged for his crime. = they hung him up by the neck and he died as a consequence. The intention was to kill him.

I agree with Yankee. You shouldn’t use “hung” to describe a hanging. There’s a good explanation here:
wsu.edu/~brians/errors/hanged.html