Friday, July 15, 2016

Georgia carries out execution ending two month lull nationwide

The 15th Execution of 2016
Georgia executed John Wayne Conner on July 14, 2016. He was convicted of beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying more than three decades ago, according to The Associated Press.
Conner, 60, was put to death by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of fatally beating his friend J.T. White during an argument after a night of drinking and smoking marijuana in January 1982.
The execution was the sixth in Georgia this year and the most in a calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated nationwide in 1976. Georgia executed five inmates last year and in 1987.
Only five states have carried out death sentences this year for a total of 14. Aside from the five already put to death in Georgia, six inmates have been executed in Texas and one each in Alabama, Florida and Missouri.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday declined to grant him clemency. The board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence.
The Georgia Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision on Thursday rejected Conner's appeal of a lower court ruling and declined to halt his execution. Conner's attorneys had argued he was ineligible for execution because he's intellectually disabled, that his trial attorney was ineffective and that executing him after 34 years on death row would amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.
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