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Friday, October 16, 2009 - 7:26am

Ga. Panel Denies Clemency for McClain

A Georgia panel denied clemency today to a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next week for the 1994 murder of a Domino's Pizza manager.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday voted on Mark Howard McClain's case after considering his lawyer's request for clemency.

He was convicted of murdering 28-year-old Kevin Brown during a robbery in Augusta.

Prosecutors say McClain held Brown up at gunpoint, took $130 from the register and then shot and killed Brown as he left. McClain's attorney argues that his client deserves a lesser punishment.

McClain previously challenged his conviction on the grounds that his counsel was ineffective, but the state Supreme Court affirmed McClain's conviction and sentence.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of that decision.

McClain could become the 46th person executed in Georgia since 1976.


Emily Green

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