The following are profiles of Georgia's death row inmates. They are listed in alphabetical order. To find a particular name, use your Web browser's "find" function.
Jack Edward Alderman, 45, was sentenced to death in June 1975 by a Chatham County jury for killing his wife, Barbara Jean Alderman, 27, on Sept. 21, 1974. His sentence was overturned on a federal appeal in 1980, but in April 1984, he was again sentenced to death. A co-defendant, John Arthur Brown, pleaded guilty for a life sentence and told investigators Mr. Alderman wanted to kill his wife for the insurance money. Mr. Brown was paroled in 1987. The state appeal concerning the fairness of Mr. Alderman's second trial has been pending in Mr. Alderman's case since December 1994.
Stanley Edward Allen, 42, was sentenced to death in Elbert County in July 1981. Mr. Allen and an accomplice, Woodrow Davis, 18, were convicted in the Jan. 5, 1981, break-in of the home of Susie C. Rucker, 72. Both men raped the woman, and she was strangled to death. Mr. Davis was sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Allen's death sentence was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court in January 1982, but he was resentenced to death in October 1984. Mr. Allen had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape in 1975. Since September 1991, Mr. Allen has been awaiting a new sentencing trial on the issue of mental retardation.
James Douglas Andrews, 28, was sentenced to death on Oct. 16, 1992, in Muscogee County for rape, robbery and murder. Investigators say that on July 23, 1990, he broke into the home of Viola Hick, 78. His first appeal to the state Supreme Court hasn't been filed.
Joseph Martin Barnes, 27, was sentenced to death in Newton County in June 1993 for the robbery and shooting death of Prestiss Lamar Wells, 57, on Feb. 13, 1992. Although Mr. Barnes was sentenced to death four years ago, his first appeal hasn't been filed yet.
Norman Darnell Baxter, 45, was sentenced to death in Henry County in November 1983 for the murder of Kathryn June "June Bug" Brooks, 22. Her nude body bound feet, wrists and neck was found a week after she was reported missing in July 1980. Mr. Baxter, who spent time in state mental hospitals, had prior criminal convictions. A new sentencing trial has been pending since February 1995.
Jack Alfred Bennett, 68, was sentenced to death in Douglas County for killing his 55-year-old wife four days after they were married on June 24, 1989. As she lay sleeping, Mr. Bennett stabbed her more than 100 times and caved in the left side of her head with a claw hammer. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
Billy Sunday Birt, 60, and Bobby Gene Gaddis, 56, were sentenced to death in Jefferson County for the Dec. 22, 1973, torture and killing of Lois and Reed Oliver Fleming, ages 72 and 75. Three other men, including the man who arranged the robbery-killings, were granted immunity. A third man, Charles Reed, was sentenced to life in prison. Four years after Mr. Birt and Mr. Gaddis were sentenced to death for killing the white couple, their sentences were overturned by a state judge reviewing the fairness of their trials. Nothing has been done since and this year the Department of Corrections moved Mr. Birt and Mr. Gaddis off death row.
Joshua Daniel Bishop, 22, was sentenced to death in Baldwin County on Feb. 13, 1996, for the robbery and beating death of Leverett Lewis Morrison, 44, who refused to turn over his jeep keys. Mr. Bishop helped beat to death another man and that evidence was used against him in his capital murder trial. His first appeal is pending.
Roy Willard Blankenship, 41, was sentenced to death in April 1980 in Chatham County for beating, raping and killing Sara Bowen, 78, for whom he had done work in the past. Ms. Bowen actually died from a heart attack brought on by trauma including being bitten, scratched and stomped. Mr. Blankenship has been sentenced to death three times, the last time in June 1986, following the reversal of his sentence. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since March 1994.
Kenneth Dan Bright, 36, was sentenced to death in Muscogee County for the Oct. 30, 1989, robbery and murder of his grandparents, R.C. Mitchell, 74, and Fannie Monroe Mitchell, 69, less than eight months after being released from a mental hospital. Mr. Bright was a crack addict on parole at the time of the killings. His sentence was overturned by the state Supreme Court in March 1995. He's still awaiting retrial.
Ward Anthony Brockman, 25, was sentenced to death March 12, 1994. He and three others killed a service station attendant during an attempted robbery on June 27, 1990. Mr. Brockman, who was the triggerman, and his accomplices had pulled a number of armed robberies, and he was arrested after a chase in Phenix City, Ala. His first appeal to the state Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
James Willie Brown, 48, was sentenced to death in Gwinnett County in July 1981 after he had been hospitalized for nearly six years. Mr. Brown, who had a history of mental illness and convictions for an attempted rape and robbery, killed Brenda Sue Watson, 19, on May 12, 1975, after the two went out for dinner and dancing. A federal court reversed Mr. Brown's death sentence in 1988. He was sentenced to death a second time in February 1990.
Raymond Burgess, 38, was sentenced to death on Feb. 25, 1992, in Douglas County. During a robbery spree with co-defendant Norris Young. Mr. Burgess shot and killed Liston Chunn, 44, eight months after he was paroled from a life sentence for another robbery-killing. Mr. Burgess was also convicted in 1977 of armed robbery and sexual assault. Mr. Young was sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Burgess' state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since August 1995.
David Loomis Cargill, 38, was sentenced to death in Muscogee County in July 1985 for the robbery and murder of a couple with four children under age 10. Cheryl Williams, 29, and Danny Williams, 41, were at a service station when Mr. Cargill and his brother, Tommy, robbed it the night of Jan. 22, 1985. The couple was forced to lie on the floor where David Cargill shot both twice in the head. Tommy Cargill received a life sentence. David Cargill's federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial is pending.
Timothy Don Carr, 26, was sentenced to die in Monroe County in October 1992. He and his girlfriend were partying the night of Oct. 8, 1992, with Keith Patrick Young, 18, whom Mr. Carr stabbed numerous times, slit his throat and bashed his head with a baseball bat. Mr. Carr, who was on probation, and his girlfriend stole Mr. Young's car and $120. The girlfriend was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years. Mr. Carr's first appeal to the state Supreme Court was denied in February. Mr. Carr's execution was set in August. Since Mr. Carr had no attorneys, a deadline to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court passed in May. The state Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Attorney General's attempt to lift the stay of execution.
Roddy Elroy Childress, 49, was sentenced to death in May 1994 in Glynn County for the shooting deaths of his half-sister's husband, Patrick Kappus, 40, and her daughter, Emma Kappus, 15, on May 1, 1989. Mr. Childress' conviction and sentence were overturned in March 1996, however, because Mrs. Kappus violated the rules of sequestration during the trial by talking to other witnesses about testimony. Mr. Childress is awaiting a new trial.
Scott Lynn Christenson, 26, was sentenced to death in Harris County in March 1990 for the robbery and murder of Albert L. Oliver III, 31. Mr. Oliver gave Mr. Christenson a ride on July 6, 1989. His body, with five gunshot wounds, was found later that day. Mr. Christenson, then 18, had a juvenile record of burglaries and thefts and adult convictions for forgery, burglary and car thefts. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since October 1995.
Michael Anthony Cohen, 40, was sentenced to death in Glynn County in December 1986. Mr. Cohen, who had a history of burglary convictions, had been out of prison about a month when he started burglarizing homes again, stealing a handgun Oct. 13, 1985. The next day, Auzzie Douglas Sr., 55, a disabled man, was shot to death inside his home. His case has been sent back to Glynn County on the issue of mental retardation.
Robert Lewis Collier, 49, was convicted in Catoosa County in August 1978 for shooting to death a sheriff's investigator, Baxter Shavers, 24. Investigator Shavers was investigating a robbery call April 14, 1978, when shot. Investigator Shavers, the youngest chief deputy in state history at the time, was married with one son. Jeremy Shavers followed in his father's footsteps and now is a sheriff's deputy in Catoosa County. Mr. Collier's second federal appeal challenging the fairness of his conviction is pending in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Roger Collins, 38, was sentenced to death in Houston County on Feb. 17, 1978, for the rape and murder of Deloris Luster, 17. On Aug. 6, 1977, he and a friend offered Ms. Luster a ride. The teen was raped, then Mr. Collins killed her with a car jack. William Durham was sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Collins' case was returned to the Houston County trial court in March 1991 on the issue of mental retardation.
Robert Dale Conklin, 36, was sentenced to death in June 1984 in Fulton County. Mr. Conklin was having an affair with attorney George Grant Crooks, 27, when the two got into an argument on March 28, 1984, and Mr. Conklin stabbed the other man in the ear with a screw driver. Mr. Conklin said he panicked afterward because he was on parole at the time. So he drained the blood from Mr. Crook's body and cut it up into nine pieces. Mr. Conklin's appeal is pending in federal court.
John Wayne Conner, 40, was sentenced to death in July 1982 in Telfair County. Six months before, Mr. Conner was drinking with his friend, James T. White, 29, when he became enraged and started beating Mr. White with his fist, a whiskey bottle and a stick. In the most recent appeal action, Mr. Conner's state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was denied in December. That decision is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.
Eddie A. Crawford, 50, was sentenced to death in Spalding County in March 1984 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of his 29-month old niece, Leslie Michelle English, on Sept. 25, 1983. The toddler was strangled to death, bruised and raped. He told police he remembered the toddler had been in his car and remembered carrying her out of the car. He was sentenced to death twice. He was on probation when he killed the girl.
Samuel David Crowe, 36, was sentenced to death in Douglas County in November 1989. The former church deacon was convicted of the robbery and murder of his former boss, Joe Pala, 39. Mr. Pala was knocked to the floor of Wickes Lumber Co., shot, hit with a paint can and crowbar, and covered in paint the night of March 2, 1988. Mr. Crowe had no criminal record before the killing. His first appeal to the state Supreme Court was denied in June 1995, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected hearing the case on appeal in March 1996.
George Bernard Davis Jr., 39, was sentenced to death in Elbert County in February 1985. He was convicted of robbing and shooting to death Richard L. Rice, 63. The garage owner was found dead in his tow truck Feb. 13, 1984. His wallet had been stolen along with more than $800. Mr. Davis had argued with Mr. Rice over payments for car repairs. Davis, who had no major felony convictions before the killing, has been awaiting a trial court decision on the issue of mental retardation since April 1990.
Troy Anthony Davis, 28, was sentenced to death in Chatham County in September 1991 for killing an off-duty police officer, Mark Allen MacPhail, 27. Officer MacPhail was trying to break up a fight between Mr. Davis and another man when Mr. Davis shot him. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but as Mr. Davis stood over the officer and shot him again, the bullet pierced his side. Mr. Davis' state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since March 1994.
Andrew Grant DeYoung, 22, was sentenced to die in October 1995 in Cobb County. He and a friend, David Michael Haggerty, 28, stabbed to death his parents and little sister Gary Wayne, 42, Kathryn, 41, and Sarah, 14, on July 15, 1993. Mr. DeYoung had no prior criminal record. Mr. Haggerty was sentenced to life in prison in July 1996. An appeal hasn't been filed yet for Mr. DeYoung.
Wilbur Wiley Dobbs, 48, was sentenced to death in Walker County in May 1974 for the shotgun slaying of Roy L. Sizemore, 50. The grocery store owner was killed Dec. 14, 1973, when Mr. Dobbs and two others robbed the store. A salesman visiting the store was also shot but survived, as did a female customer who suffered a skull fracture after she was hit with a gun butt. Mr. Dobbs' co-defendants were sentenced to life in prison. In May, a federal judge ordered a new sentencing hearing for Mr. Dobbs, ruling his trial attorney was ineffective.
Leonard Maurice Drane, 37, was sentenced to death in Elbert County in September 1992 for killing Linda Renee Blackmon, 27, on June 13, 1990, while he was on probation for other crimes. The trial was moved from Spalding County to Elbert County. She had been raped and shot. Her throat was cut. Co-defendant David Robert Willis was sentenced to life in prison. Three years ago, the state Supreme Court sent Mr. Drane's case back to the trial court for a ruling on appeal issues.
Eric Lynn Ferrell, 34, was sentenced to death in September 1988 in DeKalb County for the robbery and murder of his 72-year-old grandmother and 15-year-old cousin. The bodies were found Dec. 30, 1987. Both had been shot twice in the head at close range. Mr. Ferrell was on probation at the time. At the time of his grandmother's and cousin's killings, two of his uncles had killed a man and police initially thought the double homicide was revenge for that homicide. When arrested, police found four spent .22-caliber casings in Mr. Ferrell's pockets, along with $600. The murder weapon was later found at his home. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial and sentence has been pending since July 1995.
Eddie William Finney Jr., 40, was sentenced to death in Jones County in November 1977 about three months after the bodies of Thelma Kalish, 69, and Ann Kaplan, 60, were found in their home. On Sept. 22, 1977, the women were robbed, raped and beaten to death. Mr. Finney and Johnny Mack Westbrook, who had both done yard work for the women, were convicted and sentenced to death. The Georgia Supreme Court reversed Mr. Westbrook's death sentence because the judge sent the jury back into the deliberation room when it first voted for life. Mr. Westbrook died of heart disease in prison in 1993. Mr. Finney's case was returned to the trial court in April 1991 for a decision on the issue of mental retardation.
Son Fleming, 66, was sentenced to death in January 1978 in Lanier County for the murder of Ray City Police Chief Ed Giddens, 29. The officer stopped a speeding car in February 1976, not knowing the men inside had just pulled an armed robbery. It was Chief Giddens' last day on the job he had intended to move to Florida. Mr. Fleming's brother was sentenced to life in prison. Henry Willis III, 36, was sentenced to death, too, and he was executed May 18, 1989. Mr. Fleming was the test case for the 1988 mental retardation exception for the death penalty. He was returned to Lanier County in March 1991 for a new sentencing trial.
Melbert Ray Ford Jr., 36, was sentenced to death in Newton County in October 1986. Seven months before, Mr. Ford shot to death his former girlfriend, Martha Chapman Matich, 31, and her 11-year-old niece, Lisa Renee Chapman. Although prosecutors contended Mr. Ford killed the woman and child in revenge for a romantic breakup, Mr. Ford also robbed the store where Ms. Matich was working that night. His attorneys are currently appealing the denial of his first appeal challenging the fairness of his trial and sentence.
Timothy Tyrone Foster, 29, was sentenced to death in Floyd County in May 1987. Mr. Foster confessed that on the night of Aug. 27, 1986, he broke into the home of Queen Madge White, 79. Her jaw was broken, she had gashes on the top of her head and she had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Mr. Foster had a juvenile record including armed robbery. In July 1991, his case was sent back to the trial court on the issue of mental retardation.
Wallace Marvin Fugate III, 47, was sentenced to death in Putnam County in April 1992 for killing his estranged wife, Pattie Fugate, 40. On May 4, 1991, he broke into his wife's home and waited for her. When she came in, he grabbed Ms. Fugate and dragged her outside to his vehicle, pistol whipped her about 50 times and then shot her in the forehead. Their son, who witnessed the killing and testified against his father, was the victim of a homicide the next year. One of the men who beat his son to death is now on Death Row too. Mr. Fugate's attorney has appealed the denial of his first appeal, challenging the fairness of his trial and sentence in October 1996.
Kenneth E. Fults, 28, was sentenced to death in May in Spalding County for killing a neighbor, 19-year-old Cathy Bonds, after breaking into her home on Jan. 30, 1996. Mr. Fults smothered her with a pillow and then shot her before stealing her car. Mr. Fults had a history of mental illness but no prior felony convictions. A direct appeal hasn't been filed yet.
Carlton Gary, 46, was sentenced to death in Muscogee County in August 1986. Between Sept. 11, 1977, and April 19, 1978, eight elderly women in Columbus were raped and strangled in their homes. One survived. In 1984, a gun stolen in the same neighborhood as the killing spree was found in Michigan in the possession of Mr. Gary's cousin. Mr. Gary's fingerprints were then matched to some left in the homes of four of the homicide victims. He was convicted of murdering three women. Mr. Gary had been accused of the rape and murder of an 89-year-old New York woman in 1970 and an additional rape, but he blamed another man who was tried and acquitted. Mr. Gary's second state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial and sentence was denied in December 1995. On May 27, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal on the same grounds.
Johnny Lee Gates, 41, was sentenced to death in Muscogee County in September 1977. On Nov. 30, 1976, Mr. Gates posed as a gas company employee to get into the home of 19-year-old Katharina Wright, whom he robbed, raped and then shot in the head. Mr. Gates was on parole at the time. He was arrested on unrelated charges Jan. 31, 1977, and confessed. Between Mrs. Wright's killing and his arrest, Mr. Gates also committed two other armed robberies and voluntary manslaughter. In 1992, Mr. Gates' case was sent back to Muscogee County for a new sentencing trial on the question of mental retardation.
Exzavious Lee Gibson, 25, was sentenced to death in Dodge County in June 1990. He was convicted of robbing and stabbing to death 46-year-old Douglas Coley at the Eastman convenience store where Mr. Coley was working Feb. 2, 1990. Mr. Gibson, who was covered in Mr. Coley's blood when arrested shortly after the robbery-slaying, was convicted four months later. This year, Augusta Judicial District Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet denied Mr. Gibson's state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial, although Mr. Gibson had no legal counsel.
Fred Marion Gilreath Jr., 59, was sentenced to death in Cobb County in March 1980 for the killing of his estranged wife and her father. On May 11, 1979, Linda Gilreath, 28, and Gerrit W. VanLeevwen, 57, were shot to death she had been shot five times with a rifle, and then shot in the face at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun, he was shot with a rifle, shotgun and handgun. Mr. Gilreath's federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was denied in April 1996.
Daniel Greene, 30, was sentenced to death in December 1992 in Clayton County where the venue was changed from Taylor County. He committed a violent crime spree the night of Sept. 27, 1991, when he walked into a Reynolds convenience store and pulled a clerk into the back room, demanded money and stabbed her. He then stabbed customer Bernard Walker, 20, in the heart, killing him. A short time later, he forced his way into the home of an elderly couple he knew and stabbed both and stole their car. He then went to a convenience store in Warner Robins where he robbed and stabbed the clerk. In May, the state Supreme Court let the conviction and sentence stand.
Dennis Charles Hall, 41, was sentenced to death in August 1990 in Barrow County for the shotgun killing of his 10-year-old son, Adrian Hall. Police had been called to the Hall home numerous times before Jan. 7, 1990, when they found a drunken Hall and the dead child. His wife and two daughters told police Mr. Hall became enraged at Adrian for being noisy. The girls tried to hide Mr. Hall's gun, but he found it and shot the boy. He told a neighbor afterward, " I couldn't learn him nothing by beating him with a belt. So I guess I learned him something this time." His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
Willie James "Bo" Hall, 40, was sentenced to death in DeKalb County in February 1989 for killing his estranged wife, Thelma Hall, 23, who moved out of the family home just six days before her murder. On July 11, 1988, Ms. Hall made a frantic call to 911, and the dispatcher heard the sound of breaking glass and screams. Police arrived in minutes but, Mr. Hall had stabbed her 17 times. The day before, Mr. Hall told his sister-in-law that he would kill his wife and wouldn't get more than 10 years in prison for it. His state appeal was denied.
Emanuel Fitzgerald "Demon" Hammond, 30, was sentenced to die in Fulton County in March 1990 for the kidnapping, robbery, rape and murder of 27-year-old Julie Love. She was last seen by her boyfriend the night of July 11-12, 1988, when she left his apartment for home. A year later, in August 1989, Janice Weldon filed assault charges against Mr. Hammond after he tried to strangle her. Ms. Weldon told police that he and his cousin Maurice Porter killed Ms. Love. Mr. Porter confessed and took police to Ms. Love's remains near a trash pile. Ms. Love was kidnapped at gunpoint, Mr. Porter told police. Ms. Love was raped by Mr. Porter and beaten. Then the men tried to strangle her by wrapping a coat hanger around her neck and pulling the opposite ends. When that didn't work, Mr. Hammond shot her. Mr. Hammond had carjacked three other women stabbing one and leaving her to die on a trash pile, and he also broke into a woman's home and raped her. As a juvenile, he raped, robbed and kidnapped a woman and slit her throat, and he raped and sodomized another. While awaiting trial, he bragged to a deputy that he also had raped Ms. Love. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was filed in December 1995.
George Russell Henry, 28, was sentenced to death in Cobb County in November 1994 for shooting to death a police officer. Officer Robert Ingram, a two-year police veteran, was shot in the face and behind his left ear while he was investigating a report of a suspicious person. Mr. Henry had previously been convicted of burglaries and forgery and was on probation at the time of the murder. His first appeal to the state Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Robert Karl Hicks, 40, was sentenced to death in January 1986 in Spalding County for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 28-year-old Toni Strickland Rivers. On July 13, 1985, Ms. Rivers was waiting for a friend at a public park when she disappeared. That night, two men driving down a country road heard a scream and saw a man making stabbing motions. Ms. Rivers bled to death. Mr. Hicks had previously been convicted of rape. At his trial, doctors testified yes and no that Mr. Hicks was mentally ill. The denial of his state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was upheld by the state Supreme Court in November 1995.
Jose Martinez High, 38, was sentenced to death in December 1978 in Tallaferro County for the kidnap and murder of 11-year-old Bonnie Bulloch who was kidnapped along with his father in July 1976. Judson Ruffin and Nathan Brown also were convicted and sentenced to death for Bonnie's murder, but their cases were reversed on appeal. They were resentenced to life in prison. A fourth man with the gang when Bonnie and his father were kidnapped and shot, Alphonso Morgan, was convicted and sentenced to die in Richmond County for another abduction and murder in the gang's crime spree. His sentence, however, also was overturned and he's now serving a life sentence. A second federal appeal challenging the fairness of Mr. High's trial is pending.
John W. Hightower, 53, was sentenced to death in Morgan County in May 1988 for killing his wife and two stepdaughters. Mr. Hightower's trial was moved from Baldwin County, where on July 12, 1987, the bodies of Dorothy Hightower, 42, Sandra Reaves, 22, and Evelyn Reaves, 19, were found at their home. Each had been shot. Mr. Hightower was arrested hours later in his wife's car, a bloody handgun inside. He bought the murder weapon the day before the slayings. A federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since November.
Floyd Ernest Hill, 60, was sentenced to death in July 1981 in Cobb County for shooting to death Austell Police Officer Gregory Mullinax. On Feb. 8, 1981, Officer Mullinax was sent to a trailer park on a domestic disturbance call. Officer Mullinax became the target of the battling couple when Mr. Hill got into the fray and shot the officer, and the officer shot and killed another person in the fight. Mr. Hill's death sentence was overturned on federal appeal in December.
Warren Lee Hill, 36, was sentenced to death in September 1991 in Lee County for beating to death fellow inmate Joseph Handspike, 34, with a nail-embedded board on Aug. 17, 1990. At the time, Mr. Hill was serving time for a 1985 murder. Mr. Hill's state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since April 1994.
Travis Clinton Hittson, 26, was sentenced to death in Houston County in March 1993 for killing 20-year-old Conway U. Herbeck, a fellow sailor. On April 3, 1993, Mr. Hittson, Edward Vollmer and the victim left Pensacola, Fla., where they were stationed, and drove to Mr. Vollmer's parent's home in Warner Robins. Mr. Vollmer wanted to kill Mr. Herbeck and gave Mr. Hittson a baseball bat to use on April 5, 1992. Mr. Hittson hit the victim in the head several times with the bat and then shot him. They cut up Mr. Herbeck's body, buried the torso in Houston County and the rest in Pensacola. Mr. Vollmer was sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Hittson had never been convicted of a felony before the killing. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
Dallas Bernard Holiday, 34, was sentenced to death in November 1986 in Jefferson County for killing 66-year-old Leon Johnson Williams on March 11, 1986. Mr. Williams went on his usual early morning walk when Mr. Holiday attacked him, hitting him in the head at least seven times and shooting him. Mr. Holiday had broken into a home the night before and stolen the murder weapon. Mr. Holiday had prior felony convictions. His case was returned to the trial court on the issue of mental retardation in June 1990.
Robert Wayne Holsey, 31, was sentenced to death on Feb. 13, 1997, in Morgan County where his trial was moved. In December 1995, he shot to death Baldwin County Sheriff's Deputy Will Robinson, 26. The officer had stopped Mr. Holsey's vehicle after an armed robbery. At the time, Mr. Holsey had been out on parole less than a year following convictions for assault and armed robbery.
Tracy Lee Housel, 38, was sentenced to death in February 1986 in Gwinnett County for the rape and murder of 46-year-old Jean D. Drew. Ms. Drew was in the habit of stopping at a truck stop for a snack after her ballroom dancing lessons. On the night of April 7, 1985, she met Mr. Housel at the restaurant. Her body was found the next day, and he was arrested about a week later in Daytona Beach, Fla., after using her credit cards. He confessed to killing Ms. Drew, killing a man in Texas, and trying to kill two others in Illinois and Texas. He also confessed to murders in California and Tennessee. A decision is pending from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Mr. Housel's federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial.
Carl J. Isaacs, 43, was sentenced to death in Seminole County in 1974 and again in Houston County at a retrial in 1988. In May 1973 when he was 19 years old, he escaped from a Maryland prison and took off for Florida with his brother Billy, half brother Wayne Coleman and friend George Dungee. On May 14, 1973, they ran out of gas in Seminole County and stopped to burglarize a trailer. Within hours, they had shot to death Jerry Alday, Ned Alday, Jimmy Alday, Chester Alday and Aubrey Alday in addition to raping Mary Alday and then killing her. They were arrested in West Virginia with the murder weapons and items belonging to the Alday family. Billy Isaacs, 15 years old at the time of the killings, received a 40-year sentence. He was taken to Maryland in 1993 to serve a life sentence there for murder. At the 1988 retrial, Mr. Coleman and Mr. Dungee received life sentences.
Jonathen Jarrells, 40, was sentenced to death in March 1988 in Walker County for the robbery and murder of Gertie E. Elrod, a 77-year-old woman. On Aug. 24, 1987, Ms. Elrod and her sister, Lorraine Elrod, were attacked in their home by Mr. Jarrells. He stabbed both with scissors, tied their hands and feet and beat them with an iron. Lorriane survived the attack although she lost the sight in one eye and her hearing in one ear. When arrested in Hazard, Ky., he had items belonging to the Elrod sisters in his possession. In May 1991, Mr. Jarrell's case was sent back to the trial court on the issue of mental retardation.
Lawrence Joseph Jefferson, 42, was sentenced to death in March 1986 in Cobb County for the robbery and killing of his construction job supervisor Edward Taulbee, 37. On May 1, 1985, they went fishing at Lake Allatoona. Later, Mr. Jefferson arrived home in the victim's vehicle and told a neighbor, "My fat little buddy is dead." Mr. Taulbee's body was found the next day; he had been beaten with a stick and then his skull was crushed with a 40-pound tree trunk. In 1979, Mr. Jefferson had pleaded guilty in Louisville to armed robbery and burglary. His first appeal to the state Supreme Court and next state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial have been denied.
Larry L. Jenkins Jr., 21, was sentenced to death in Wayne County for the robbery and killing of the owner of a laundry and her 15-year-old son. Mr. Jenkins accosted Terry Ralston, 37, and her son Michael on Jan. 8, 1993. He kidnapped the mother and son and shot them both to death in a rural area. Although sentenced to death in September 1995, his first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Ashley Lyndol Jones, 23, was sentenced to death in June 1995 in Coffee County. On March 31, 1993, in Ware County, Mr. Jones and co-defendant Allen Brunner were drinking and driving in a stolen vehicle when it developed car trouble. Mr. Jones knocked on the door at Carlton Keith Holland's home and asked for help. As Mr. Holland, 39, leaned over the engine and his wife watched through the window, Mr. Jones slammed a wrench and later a sledgehammer on Mr. Holland's head. Mr. Brunner was sentenced to life without parole. In March, the state Supreme Court affirmed Mr. Jones' conviction and death sentence.
Brandon Aston Jones, 54, was sentenced to death in October 1979 in Cobb County. On June 17, 1979, he and Van Roosevelt Solomon were arrested at a service station after an officer who just happened to drive up heard gunshots. In the storeroom, the officer found 29-year-old Roger Tackett, the station manager, who had been shot in the legs and arms and beaten before the fatal contact shot was fired behind his left ear. Mr. Solomon also was sentenced to death and he was executed on Feb. 20, 1985. In 1989, a U.S. District Court judge reversed Mr. Jones' sentence, ruling it was unfairly imposed considering the prosecutor's Bible quoting. Mr. Jones is still awaiting a new sentencing trial. In September 1996, the Department of Corrections transferred him off death row and into the general prison population.
Ronald Leroy Kinsman, 39, was sentenced to death April 18, 1987, in Muscogee County for the robbery and murder of a Hardee's manager. Bruce Keeter, 29, was found shot to death the morning of Sept. 14, 1984. About $400 was stolen from the restaurant safe, and Mr. Keeter's car was later found abandoned. Two years later, a friend of Mr. Kinsman's told police Mr. Kinsman had admitted to the murder. In 1976, Mr. Kinsman had been convicted of another robbery-murder and was paroled not long before Mr. Keeter was murdered. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
J.W. Ledford Jr., 25, was sentenced to death in Murry County with a jury selected from Gordon County in November 1992 for the murder of a neighbor he had known all his life, Dr. Harry Johnston Jr., 73. On Jan. 31, 1992, Mr. Ledford went to the Johnston home and asked his wife, Antoinette, to speak to Mr. Johnston. He forced his way into the home at knife point, demanding money and guns. Mr. Johnston's body was found later, his head nearly cut off and a knife in his back. Mr. Ledford's state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
James Allyson Lee, 22, was sentenced to death in June by a Charlton County Superior Court jury. On Nov. 17, 1996, he shot his 43-year-old stepmother, Sharon Varnadore Chancey, to death. Although Mr. Lee pleaded with the jury to spare him because he wasn't the same man who committed murder, when first questioned by police, Mr. Lee said killing was so easy it would be easy to do again.
Larry Lee, 36, was sentenced to death in November 1987 in Wayne County for the robbery and killing of a couple and their 14-year-old son. Clifford and Nina Murray Jones Sr., both 48, and Clifford Jones Jr. were killed April 26, 1988 all had been shot, stabbed and beaten. Mr. Lee's brother Bruce Lee was reportedly also involved in the triple homicide, but he died while committing a burglary two months after the Jones family killings. Mr. Lee's state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was denied, but the judge was ordered to reconsider it in June 1995 because of new case law.
William Anthony Lipham, 33, was sentenced to death in Coweta County in February 1987 for the rape, robbery, burglary and murder of a 79-year-old woman, Kate Furlow. Mr. Lipham was seen in Ms. Furlow's home on Dec. 4, 1985. The next day, her nude body was found at home with a .25-caliber bullet wound in her head. Mr. Lipham confessed but said he had sex with the elderly woman after she was dead. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since 1989.
William Earl Lynd, 42, was sentenced to death in February 1990 for killing his girlfriend three days before Christmas 1988. Mr. Lynd was living with 27-year-old Virginia "Ginger" Moore when they got into an argument and he shot her in the face and went outside. Ms. Moore followed him outside where he shot her again and put her in the trunk of his car. When he heard noise from the trunk, he stopped the car and shot her a third time. After burying her body, Mr. Lynd drove to Ohio where he shot and killed another woman. He returned to Georgia and surrendered to police on New Year's Eve. Mr. Lynd had numerous convictions for prior assaults on women. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
James Mathis, 51, was sentenced to death in Douglas County in May 1991 for killing J.L. Washington and his wife Ruby Washington, both 69. On Thanksgiving Day 1980, Mr. Mathis was seen in the back seat of the Washington's vehicle as they drove through their apartment complex. Their bodies were found in a wooded area. Both had been beaten, stabbed and shot. In 1989, a U.S. District judge reversed Mr. Mathis' death sentence because of ineffective counsel, but in 1992 the 11th Circuit sent the case back to the federal judge to explain the ruling.
Mark Howard McClain, 30, was sentenced to death in Richmond County in September 1995 for the robbery and murder of a Domino's Pizza store manager. In November 1994, Mr. McClain, who had previously been convicted of armed robbery, forced his way into the closed Domino's store and robbed Kevin Brown, 28. As Mr. McClain turned to leave he shot and killed Mr. Brown, an eyewitness testified. The witness got the license tag number off the getaway car and police traced the vehicle to Mr. McClain's girlfriend. Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court affirmed Mr. McClain's conviction and sentence, and in June, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of that decision.
James R. McDaniel, 23, was sentenced to death in June by a Butts County Superior Court jury. He was convicted of murdering his grandparents Erner and Eugene Barkley, ages 70 and 75, and his 10-year-old stepbrother, Justin Davis. Family members of the victims, also Mr. McDaniel's family, opposed the death penalty for the young man with a history of commitments to mental hospitals and crack addition. Police said Mr. McDaniel robbed his grandfather to buy crack.
Kim Anthony McMichen, 39, was sentenced to death in Douglas County in July 1993 for the shooting deaths of his estranged wife and her boyfriend. On Nov. 16, 1990, he shot Luan McMichen, 27, and Jeff Robinson, 27, and then walked his 8-year-old daughter past the bodies. Ms. McMichen's friends told police he had harassed her since she left him in January 1990 and that he had raped her. Mr. McMichen had no prior criminal convictions. His first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court hasn't been filed.
Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 36, was sentenced to death in April 1989 in Glynn County for the robbery and murder of a convenience store clerk. Don Anderson, 47, was shot twice as he lay on the floor after being robbed of $38 the night of Oct. 14, 1987. Police say two men with Mr. Meders weren't involved in the killing and they weren't prosecuted. Mr. Meders' current attorneys claims just the opposite that the other two men did the robbery and killing while a drunken Mr. Meders was in the back of the store. All three men had prior felony convictions. Mr. Meders state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since April 1993.
Michael Miller, 34, was sentenced to death in November 1988 in Walton County for the robbery and killing of 35-year-old Larry Judson Sneed. On Oct. 29, 1987, Mr. Sneed was driving along a Walton County road when shots were fired at his vehicle and he was forced off the road. Mr. Sneed got out and ran but he was shot in the back and bled to death. Two days before, Mr. Miller and another man had kidnapped a man during a burglary. In January 1995 his case was sent back to the trial court on the issue of mental retardation.
Terry Mincey, 37, was sentenced to death in August 1982 in Bibb County for the robbery and killing of a store clerk, the mother of two small children. On April 12, 1982, Paulette Riggs was working at a convenience store when Mr. Mincey and two others decided to rob it. After making Ms. Riggs hand over the money, he walked her outside where Russell Peterman was pumping gas into his car. Mr. Mincey shot Mr. Peterman in the chest and when he fell, Mr. Mincey shot him again in the face. Ms. Riggs tried to run away, but Mr. Mincey shot her and after she fell, he shot her in the face. Mr. Peterman survived but lost 40 percent of his vision in one eye and lives with a bullet lodged near his spine. Mr. Mincey, a preacher's son, had at least three prior armed robbed convictions in 1977. His two co-defendants in the 1989 killing received life sentences. In September 1996, his federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was filed.
Nelson Earl Mitchell, 34, was sentenced to death in January 1990 in Early County for killing Iron City Police Chief Robert Cunningham, 51, during a routine traffic stop. Mr. Mitchell, who had prior convictions for larceny and theft, testified that the white police chief used racial slurs and the gun went off during a struggle. One issue the defense may raise on appeal is an allegation that the jury foreman's husband was sitting in the courtroom and allegedly signaled his wife to vote for death by drawing his finger across his throat. Although it's been more than seven years since his conviction, the first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court hasn't been filed.
William Mark Mize, 40, was sentenced to death in Oconee County in December 1995 after demanding the jury sentence him to death. The Klansman ordered the killing of William Eddie Tucker, 34, because he was angry Mr. Tucker had messed up an arson job on a crack house in October 1994. Mr. Mize had prior convictions for escape, theft, arson, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Co-defendants Christopher Hattrup and Mark Allen received life sentences.
Stephen Anthony Mobley, 31, was sentenced to death in Hall County in February 1994. During a Feb. 17, 1991, robbery of a Domino's store, he shot and killed 24-year-old John Copeland Collins. Mr. Mobley had been convicted of burglary and forgery, but he didn't get into violent crimes until 1991 when he began a robbery spree that ended in Mr. Collins' death. While awaiting trial, Mr. Mobley raped his cellmate and had Domino's tattooed on his chest. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since March 1996.
Larry Eugene Moon, 52, was sentenced to death in Catoosa County in January 1988 for killing 34-year-old Ricky Callahan who had driven to a convenience store to buy his wife some aspirin on Nov. 24, 1984. At the time Mr. Callahan was murdered, Mr. Moon was hiding out in Georgia after committing a Tennessee murder. After killing Mr. Callahan, Mr. Moon drove back to Chattanooga and on Dec. 1, 1984, he robbed an adult book store and kidnapped a female impersonator whom he raped. The next day, he killed another man in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and shot at a woman; then on Dec. 7, 1984 he robbed a Chattanooga convenience store. He was arrested Dec. 14, 1984 in Oneida, Tenn., in another stolen car containing a number of guns, including Mr. Callahan's murder weapon. Mr. Moon's prior record included seven burglaries, three aggravated assaults and escape. Mr. Moon's federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was filed in April 1996.
Carzell Moore, 45, was sentenced to death in January 1977 in Monroe County for the Dec. 12, 1976 rape, robbery and murder of 18-year-old Teresa Carol Allen, an honors college student. Mr. Moore met up with Roosevelt Greene the day before the killing. Mr. Greene had just escaped from prison. On Feb. 12, 1976, they robbed the store where Ms. Allen worked, taking her, $466 and her vehicle. Both men raped Ms. Allen and Mr. Moore shot her. Mr. Green was arrested in South Carolina driving Ms. Allen's car. He was sentenced to death and executed Jan. 9, 1985, at the age of 28. Mr. Moore's sentence was overturned once but he was resentenced to death. It was overturned a third time, and a new sentencing trial has been pending since August 1992. Mr. Moore, who has a Web site, was transferred to the general prison population last September.
Ernest Ulysses Morrison, 36, was sentenced to death in November 1987 by Richmond County Superior Court Judge Albert Pickett. Mr. Morrison pleaded guilty to the rape, robbery and murder of a family acquaintance, Mary Edna Griffin, 54, on Jan. 9, 1987. Mr. Morrison asked Judge Pickett to sentence him to death. At the time he killed Mrs. Griffin, he was an escapee from the Aiken jail where he was awaiting trial for rape and robbery. A new sentencing trial to include the issue of mental retardation has been pending in Richmond County Superior Court since June 1993.
Robert L. Newland, 54, was sentenced to death in August 1987 in Glynn County for killing Carol Beatty, a 27-year-old woman who lived across the street from Mr. Newland and his roommate. Mr. Newland used a pocket knife to cut Ms. Beatty, slashing her throat deep enough to cut her vocal cords and her stomach enough for her intestines to show. Ms. Beatty lived for 22 hours after the attack and with an investigator's help she was able to spell out the name of her attacker. Mr. Newland had previously been convicted of a similar assault, but that conviction was reversed on appeal. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since January 1991.
Curtis Osborne, 27, was sentenced to death in Spalding County in August 1991 for shooting to death two acquaintances Linda Lisa Seaborne, 28, and Arthur Lee Jones, also 28. Mr. Osborne confessed that on Aug. 6, 1990, he shot both people as they sat in a car parked alongside a dirt road. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial and sentence has been pending since June 1994.
Lyndon Fitzgerald Pace, 32, was sentenced to death in March 1996 in Fulton County. Mr. Pace committed a series of rapes and murders, mainly preying on elderly women from August 1988 through February 1989. He was convicted of killing women ages 78, 86, 79, 78 and 42. He was also convicted of several burglaries during that time period His first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Bryan Ashley Parker, 36, was sentenced to death in Douglas County in November 1984 for the sexual assault and murder of an 11-year-old girl June 1, 1984. When Christie Anne Griffith disappeared from her trailer park home, Mr. Parker was among the people police questioned. They later learned he had been convicted in Florida of a child molesting charge. Mr. Parker choked and tried to rape the girl while he left his 2-year-old son sitting a car parked nearby. His federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was filed in December.
David Aaron Perkins, 36, was sentenced to death in June in Clayton County for the Aug. 13, 1995, slaying of Herbert Ryals III, a 38-year-old man who lived in the same apartment complex. Prosecutors believe Mr. Perkins, who had a long history of criminal convictions for violence and theft, lured Mr. Ryals to his home to rob him. Mr. Ryals' body was found in the bathroom where he had fledtrying to defend himself from more than 11 stab wounds. During his trial when a Virginia police officer testified how Mr. Perkins had thrown a fellow officer through a window, Mr. Perkins taunted the courtroom by making boxing gestures.
Jack H. Potts, 52, was sentenced to death in March 1976 in two counties Forsyth and Cobb counties for the kidnapping and murder of a 24-year-old good Samaritan, Michael Priest. Mr. Priest agreed to help Mr. Potts, who told him there had been an accident May 8, 1975. His co-defendant pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in exchange for a 10-year sentence. Mr. Potts escaped from the Forsyth County Jail in September 1987 and was shot twice by officers. Mr. Potts' conviction was overturned in May 1984, but he was resentenced to death in 1988 and again 1990.
Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 43, was sentenced to death in October 1976 in Cobb County. Five months earlier, on May 4, 1976, he kidnapped two school girls . Mr. Presnell lay in wait for the 10- and 8-year-old girls, he confessed. He raped and sodomized the older girl and when 8-year-old Lori Ann Smith tried to run away, he drowned her in a stream. His sentence was overturned in 1992 by a federal appeals court. Mr. Presnell is still awaiting a new sentencing trial.
Mark Anthony Pruitt, 32, was sentenced to death in September 1987 in Pulaski County for the Montgomery County killing of 5-year-old Charise Walker. The girl was found raped, sodomized and beaten Nov. 15, 1986, when she disappeared from home. Charise, who's skull was fractured and leg broken, died a short time later. Mr. Pruitt was seen coming out of the woods where Charise was found. He wasn't wearing any pants and had blood on him. Mr. Pruitt has been awaiting a new sentencing trial on the issue of mental retardation since September 1994.
Timothy Pruitt, 25, was sentenced to death in Lumpkin County in October 1996 for the stabbing and strangulation killing of a 10-year-old neighbor girl. Wendy Nicole Vincent was killed in her own home. Mr. Pruitt's first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court has not been filed yet.
William Howard Putman, 54, was sentenced to death in September 1982 in Cook County. Mr. Putnam, who had no prior felony record, attacked and robbed people at a truck stop the night of July 10, 1980, killing William Gerald Hodges, 49, David N. Hardin, 22, and Katie Christine Back, 28. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was denied, as was his appeal of that to the state Supreme Court in September 1995.
Willie James Pye, 29, was sentenced to death in Spalding County in July 1996. He was convicted of the November 1993 rape, sodomy and shooting death of a 21-year-old woman in a supposed drug deal gone bad. His co-defendant was sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Pye still claims he's innocent and a motion for a new trial is pending.
Billy Daniel Raulerson Jr., 27, was sentenced to death in March 1996 in Chatham County for a Memorial Day 1993 killing spree. Mr. Raulerson killed 18-year-old Charlye Dixon and her fiance, 19-year-old Jason Hampton, raping Ms. Dixon after her murder. Mr. Raulerson then broke into the home of Teresa Gail Taylor, 40, and killed her. His first possible appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court has not been filed yet.
James Randall Rogers, 36, was sentenced to death in May 1982 in Floyd County for the torture and killing of a 75-year-old woman. On May 21, 1980, Grace Perry died when a rake handle was forced up her vagina so hard it punctured a lung, causing massive hemorrhaging. At the time of the killing, Mr. Rogers was on parole for burglary. Mr. Rogers' case has been pending in the trial court since 1994 on the issue of mental retardation.
Larry Romine, 45, was sentenced to die in April 1982 in Pickens County for the shotgun slayings of his parents, Roy Lee, 48, and Aville R. Romine, 50. Police say robbery was the motive for the March 19, 1991, double homicide. Mr. Romine's death sentence was reversed by the Georgia Supreme Court in June 1983, but he was resentenced to death again in August 1985. His federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial was filed in 1996.
William C. Sallie, 31, was sentenced to death in March 1991 in Bacon County for killing his 41-year-old ex-father-in-law. In a violent rampage against his ex-wife and her family on March 31, 1990, Mr. Sallie shot to death John Lee Moore and wounded Mr. Moore's wife. He then kidnapped his ex-wife and her sister and took them to Liberty County where he repeatedly raped both women. His first possible appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court has not been filed yet.
Demarcus Ali Sears, 25, was sentenced to death in September 1993 in Cobb County. He and Phillip Williams kidnapped Gloria Ann Wilbur, 59, on Oct. 7, 1990, and then robbed, raped, stabbed and beat her with brass knuckles over a four-hour period. Mr. Williams was sentenced to two life sentences in May 1991. Mr. Sears first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court has not been filed yet.
David Phillip Smith, 20, was sentenced to death Jan. 24 in Clayton County. He was convicted of the shotgun slaying of 16-year-old Jeremy Javies, a friend and neighbor. Mr. Smith methodically shot Jeremy in the arms and legs before putting the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun in the teen-ager's mouth and firing a final time. The first appeal to the state Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Norris Speed, 26, was sentenced to death in October 1993 in Fulton County for killing a police officer, 32-year-old Niles Johantgen, known on his beat as "Russian." Prosecutors contended Mr. Speed was angry with Officer Johantgen who had arrested a man selling drugs from Mr. Speed's home, and for stopping and patting down three friends on Dec. 12, 1991. Witnesses said Mr. Speed walked up behind Officer Johantgen and shot him in the head. Mr. Speed had prior felony convictions. His first possible appeal to the state Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Ronald Keith Spivey, 57, was sentenced to death in August 1977 in Muscogee County for shooting to death Columbus Police Officer Billy Watson, 41. The officer was off-duty on Dec. 28, 1976, when Mr. Spivey was in the process of robbing a lounge. Officer Watson, a six-year veteran officer, was married with three children. A federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since November 1995.
William Kenny Stephens, 49, was sentenced to death in Richmond County in February 1980 and again in November 1989. The second jury heard evidence of Mr. Stephens' schizophrenia and mental retardation but found death was the appropriate punishment for the shooting death of Investigator Larry D. Stevens, 38. The state Supreme Court sent Mr. Stephens' case back to Richmond County Superior Court for an answer to a question nearly seven years ago. The case has been pending every since.
Alphonso Stripling, 39, was sentenced to death in July 1989 in Douglas County. Mr. Stripling, who served time for armed robberies in 1973, 1979 and 1980, was convicted of shooting four co-workers on Oct. 15, 1988, when he decided to rob the fast food restaurant. Two of the employees 19-year-old Anthony Evans and 34-year-old Gregory Bass died from gunshot wounds. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since June 1995.
Keith Bryan Taylor, 43, was sentenced to death in October 1990 in Pierce County for killing his 29-year-old estranged wife the day he received a court order to stay away from her. When an officer went to check on Lorrie Taylor on Jan. 12, 1989, Mr. Taylor answered the door dripping blood. The jury rejected an insanity defense by Mr. Taylor, who had been hospitalized for paranoid schizophrenic in 1987 and 1988. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
Bryan Keith Terrell, 29, was sentenced to death in January 1995 in Newton County for the robbery and murder of 70-year-old John Henry Watson. Mr. Terrell had been released on parole about two months before Mr. Watson's June 22, 1992, murder. Mr. Terrell had forged about $8,000 in checks on Mr. Watson's bank account before the killing. Mr. Watson was beaten in the head and shot four times. Mr. Terrell's first possible appeal to the state Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Keith Leroy Tharpe, 39, was sentenced to death in January 1991 in Jones County for the shotgun slaying of his 29-year-old sister-in-law, Jacqueline Freeman. On Sept. 25, 1990, Mr. Tharpe, who had repeatedly threatened and harassed his estranged wife and her family, used his vehicle to force his wife's car off the road. After shooting Ms. Freeman twice, he kidnapped and raped his estranged wife. Mr. Tharpe's only prior arrests were for driving violations. The state Supreme Court ordered the trial court to reconsider Mr. Tharpe's sentence, and that has been pending since February 1993.
Gary Chad Thomason, 21, was sentenced to death in Floyd County in October 1996. Mr. Thomason was convicted of killing 34-year-old Jerry Self, who was shot in his truck in his own driveway when he interrupted a burglary. Mr. Thomason's defense attorney had him plead guilty and waive a jury trial, leaving a judge to determine his punishment. The Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and sentence in July.
Ronnie Thornton, 32, was sentenced to death in November 1992 in Douglas County for the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, Artealia Lavant, on May 7, 1991. Doctors determined Artealia and her siblings had been repeatedly abused. The state Supreme Court reversed Mr. Thornton's convictions in May 1994 because the prosecutor used videotaped testimony instead of calling the children to testify. A retrial hasn't been held yet and Mr. Thornton was transferred off death row in September. Artealia's mother, Shirley Lavant, pleaded guilty to cruelty to children and received a four-year sentence.
William Lamar Todd, 40, was sentenced to death in May 1989 in Harris County. On July 12, 1988, a co-worker found the body of Randy Churchwell, 33, at his home. Mr. Churchwell had been hit at least 12 times with a hammer. Mr. Todd later told police that he and his girlfriend stole Mr. Churchwell's wallet and car and headed to Texas where they were arrested two weeks later. Mr. Todd's only prior conviction was for simple possession of marijuana in Florida. A state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since December 1995.
Johnny Lamar Wade, 41, was sentenced to death in March 1987 in Newton County for the strangulation killing of 13-year-old Lance Barnes. The boy disappeared Aug. 8, 1986, after riding his bike to the store. Lance was seen leaving the store with Mr. Wade, his bike in the back of Mr. Wade's pickup truck. Lance's body was found the next day in the woods, his bike nearby. He had been beaten on the head and strangled. The Georgia Supreme Court reversed Mr. Wade's death sentence, but he was resentenced to death by another jury in April 1989. His state appeal challenging the fairness of his second trial has been pending since January 1994.
Tommy Lee Waldrip, 51, was sentenced to death in October 1994 in Dawson County for killing an eyewitness to a robbery that his son committed. Keith Evans, 23, was beaten and shot to death on April 13, 1991. Mr. Waldrip's son John Mark Waldrip and friend Howard Kelly Livingston were both sentenced to life in prison. In March the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Mr. Waldrip's conviction and sentence. In July, the state Supreme Court overturned Mr. Livingston's conviction.
Jamie Ray Ward, 41, was sentenced to death in July 1991 in Walker County for killing a 23-year-old woman who was five months pregnant. Investigators believe Mr. Ward was a serial rapist whose crimes escalated to murder on Aug. 17, 1989, when he abducted Nikia Gilbreath from her home. Mr. Ward was arrested months later after he kidnapped and raped a woman in another county and police found items belong to Mrs. Gilbreath at his home. Mr. Ward's state appeal challenging the fairness of his trial has been pending since April 1993.
Eurus Kelly Waters, 52, was sentenced to death in January 1981 in Glynn County for killing a teen-age girl and a woman. On April 25, 1980, emergency workers found 35-year-old Kathryn Ann Culpepper bleeding from a chest wound. She described Mr. Waters and his car and told police that she and her friend, 16-year-old Anita Lynette Paseur, were fishing when accosted. Anita's body was found that night on a back road, and Ms. Culpepper died five days later. Mr. Waters, a Waycross cab driver, had been treated for mental illness since 1978. His case was sent back to the trial court on the issue of mental retardation in December 1995.
Marcus Wellons, 41, was sentenced to death June 1993 in Cobb County. In December, Mr. Wellons came within three hours of execution because an attorney who had just volunteered to file an appeal petition was denied time to study the case. A U.S. District judge stayed the execution. Mr. Wellons was convicted of the rape and murder of 15-year-old India Roberts who lived in the same apartment building as Mr. Wellons' girlfriend on the morning of Aug. 31, 1989.
Frederick R. Whatley, 23, was sentenced to die in Spalding County this year for the Nov. 3, 1993, robbery and beating death of a McDonald's restaurant employee. The 18-year-old victim, Mark Fugate, was a key witness against his own father, Wallace Marvin Fugate III, who killed his mother and is now on death row in Georgia. Mr. Whatley's co-defendant Jeffery Cross hasn't been tried yet. Mr. Whatley's first appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court hasn't been filed yet.
Alexander E. Williams, 29, was sentenced to death in Richmond County in August 1986 for the kidnapping, robbery, rape and murder of 16-year-old Aleta Carol Bunch. She disappeared March 4, 1986. Her body was found 11 days later after Mr. Williams' then attorney told police where to look. Mr. Williams had prior convictions for theft and entering an automobile. In August, U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. denied Mr. Williams' federal appeal challenging the fairness of his trial.
Willie James Wilson Jr., 40, was sentenced to death in February 1982 in Pierce County for the shooting deaths of two men during an armed robbery. Alfred Boatwright, 64, and Morris Highsmith, 58, were shot to death June 22, 1981 at Mr. Boatright's handyman store. At the time, Mr. Wilson was a soldier who was AWOL from Fort Stewart. In March 1991, Mr. Wilson's case was sent back to the trial court on the issue of mental retardation.
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