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.
A federal appeals court has halted the execution of a Georgia man who killed a fellow inmate in 1990. Defense attorney Brian Kammer said that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill, who had been set to die Tuesday. Kammer said in an email that he was greatly relieved by the ruling.
Georgia's supply of the drug it uses to perform executions is set to expire next month. The state Department of Corrections says it has 17 vials of pentobarbital, or enough for six lethal injections. The state has two executions scheduled for this week but doesn't have any others scheduled.
The pending execution of Warren Lee Hill is highlighting Georgia’s tough standard for proving mental disability in death-penalty cases. Hill’s lawyers have long argued he shouldn’t be put to death because it’s illegal to execute the “mentally retarded.” But that has to be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt” in Georgia courts, and they decided Hill didn’t meet the standard. No other state requires that level of proof.
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.
A lawyer for a Georgia inmate set to be executed next week has filed a U.S. Supreme Court motion requesting a stay of execution. Attorneys for Warren Lee Hill, filed the motion Wednesday. Hill is set to be executed Feb. 19.
The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against a death row inmate who had accused prison officials of violating state procedures by failing to hold a public notice hearing before changing the state's execution procedure.
Anti-death penalty advocates and community members plan to gather to commemorate the anniversary of the execution in Georgia of Troy Davis. A coalition of groups is organizing a memorial service Friday evening at First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah.