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.
State officials say sex offenders on parole in Georgia face several restrictions aimed at keeping them from using Halloween to commit crimes. Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say that sex offenders under parole supervision will not be allowed to decorate the outside of their homes or have outside lights turned on.
Georgia was the first state in the country to prohibit the execution of mentally disabled death row inmates, but the state also has the toughest-in-the-nation standard for those who try to use this justification to avoid execution.
Two defense lawyers say Georgia's board of pardons has rejected a bid to spare the life of Troy Davis, who has attracted high-profile support for his claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. Davis' supporters Monday made a last-ditch effort to stop his execution by telling the pardons board that he's innocent and requesting clemency.
Defense attorneys asked the Georgia pardons board to grant clemency to Troy Davis who is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty Savannah police officer. Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday for Mark MacPhail's murder. It is the fourth time in four years the state has tried to execute him, but now his legal appeals are exhausted.
The state pardons board has rejected a bid for clemency for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to die this month for the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah. Roy Willard Blankenship would be the first person put to death in Georgia using a new three-drug execution combination.