Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Georgia Executes Man for 1988 Murder

The 4th Execution of 2011

The Associated Press is reporting that a Georgia man, Emmanuel Hammond, convicted of killing an Atlanta preschool teacher more than two decades ago has been executed.

Emmanuel Hammond was put to death by injection Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson after state and federal courts turned down his appeals. The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the execution and then as a body decided not to hear Hammond's 11th hour appeal.

Hammond was convicted of the 1988 murder of 27-year-old Julie Love, who was abducted in north Atlanta after her car ran out of gas.

Prosecutors say Love was beaten and raped before Hammond took her into the woods, shot her to death and dumped her body into a trash pile.

Investigators didn't find her body until August 1989, when Hammond's girlfriend told police he was responsible for her disappearance, reported the Associated Press.

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