Death row inmate Andrew Allen Cook died by lethal injection Thursday at 11:22 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. Cook was set to be executed Thursday at 7 p.m. by lethal injection, but the execution was delayed while the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on Cook's last-minute appeal.
The way is again clear for Andrew Allen Cook to die Thursday evening. Lawyers for the man convicted of killing two Mercer University students in 1995 had won a temporary stay of execution Wednesday from the Georgia Court of Appeals, but on Thursday afternoon the Georgia Supreme Court lifted the stay.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is weighing whether to grant clemency in the case of death row inmate set to be executed on Thursday. The board met Tuesday in Atlanta and heard from friends and family of Andrew Allen Cook.
Three death row inmates in Georgia are seeking a court order that would prevent the state from using a drug to execute them without a doctor's prescription. The inmates, two of whom are to be executed next week, asked a federal judge in Washington on Friday to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to prevent the use of pentobarbital in lethal injections.