McClain set to be executed today

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Pending last-minute intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court, an Augusta man convicted 14 years ago for killing a pizza store manager during a holdup will be executed today by lethal injection.

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Mark McClain has declined a special last meal before his 7 p.m. execution.  File/Staff
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Mark McClain has declined a special last meal before his 7 p.m. execution.

Mark Howard McClain, 42, is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. inside the maximum security Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. A Richmond County jury found Mr. McClain guilty of murder for shooting Kevin Brown, a Domino's Pizza shift manager, on Nov. 20, 1994.

Mr. McClain's lawyers at the Atlanta-based Georgia Resource Center have filed a consolidated motion for a stay of execution with the Georgia Supreme Court. The seven justices on the state's top court usually rule quickly on motions for a stay so that the federal court has time to act in the case of a denial from Atlanta.

The U.S. Supreme Court was already considering a motion for reconsideration of its Oct. 5 denial of an earlier appeal. In asking for a second look, Mr. McClain's lawyers argue that his case is similar to another one pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that is also from the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta about whether an attorney in a capital-punishment trial should have pursued an insanity defense during the penalty phase of the trial.

State prison officials said Monday that Mr. McClain declined a special last meal and chose a regular supper of chicken and rice, carrots, beans, corn bread, collard greens, iced tea and bread pudding.

As officials inside the prison prepare to put him to death, capital punishment opponents have planned vigils across the state.

James Clark, coordinator for Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, said his organization opposes any action by the state to execute individuals.

"We feel that it's really not in the state's power to take away any human life," Mr. Clark said. "We feel that the state shouldn't have that responsibility ..."

Mr. McClain would be the 23rd inmate put to death by lethal injection in Georgia.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com

More on execution

Protests: Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty have scheduled protest rallies today in nine Georgia cities, including one in Augusta at 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 902 Greene St.


Witnessing death penalty: Reporter Sandy Hodson was a media witness during Jose High's 2001 execution


Read it online: The Augusta Chronicle will be on the scene for Mark McClain's 7 p.m. execution.

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cajunnana2000
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cajunnana2000 10/20/09 - 12:33 am
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burn baby burn

burn baby burn

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/20/09 - 12:47 am
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Time to pay the price, baby.

Time to pay the price, baby.

lokalloudness
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lokalloudness 10/20/09 - 02:30 am
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Listen to AM 1230 at noon on

Listen to AM 1230 at noon on Tuesday (you can listen online at www.newradio1230) for some good words about Kevin Brown...not enough has been said about this great man who was taken from us much too early. Friends are invited to a memorial at Kevin's graveTuesday evening at 7PM when the execution is scheduled to take place,

justus4
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justus4 10/20/09 - 02:47 am
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The Eight Amendment of the US
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The Eight Amendment of the US Constitution references "cruel" and other treatment that violates the spirit of humanity. Killing is the ultimate cruelty which some states employ with obvious disparities surrounding, to whom will be put to death. The Death Penalty, according to the Constitution, a reasonable person could conclude, that it violates the Eighth Amendment. Yeah, Yeah, we know 'bout the victim, but look at the countries that has abolished such cruelty, and look at those who have not. The US is in bad company on this issue and civilized nations agree: An eye for an eye is vigilante justice.

the_source
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the_source 10/20/09 - 03:11 am
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People like this should not

People like this should not only be put to death. They should be tortured before being killed. They were not as kind to their victims nor did they care. Lethal injection is way too merciful for them.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/20/09 - 04:10 am
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justus4;Tell us what you

justus4;Tell us what you think to be proper punishment for murder.

Ole School
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Ole School 10/20/09 - 04:37 am
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old sparky !

old sparky !

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/20/09 - 04:57 am
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Lethal injection is too

Lethal injection is too humane for what this man did.. He should be stood before 10 lottery winners to face a firing squad and die in the same manner he delivered death to a totally innocent person!! I'll be happy to sign up for the lottery!

sgachief
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sgachief 10/20/09 - 06:12 am
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me too cbbp. unfortunately

me too cbbp. unfortunately the odds are he will not die today.
too many bleeding hearts in the courts.

stovall st
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stovall st 10/20/09 - 06:14 am
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Time to pay tha piper!

Time to pay tha piper!

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 10/20/09 - 06:25 am
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Our God Have mercy!! We pray

Our God Have mercy!! We pray today for family that he has because this is where thay pay,too! And the family of the man who's life he took, they have paid and will continue thru the loss of their loved one!

mercyme
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mercyme 10/20/09 - 06:54 am
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I don't understand how a man

I don't understand how a man can be put to death for killing one person while a man that killed four people in the Atlanta court killings can be put in prison for life. Brian Nichols killed four people with many people watching it actually happen. Brian knew what he was doing. Makes no sense to me!!!!! That is our system at work!!!

taxedtodeath
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taxedtodeath 10/20/09 - 07:01 am
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mercyme-----maybe that is

mercyme-----maybe that is some of the "obvious disparities surrounding, to whom will be put to death" that justus was talking about?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/20/09 - 07:15 am
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JUSTUS, nice to see you have
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JUSTUS, nice to see you have such compassion for the family, referring to "bout the victim." Wait until it happens to you. More mercy has been shown this dirtbag than he showed his victim. Tell us all how the "all white media" is to blame for this. What a joke your posts are. And MERCYME, the Brian Nichols case is referred to by law enforcement as "ACLU justice." Enough said?

reesiecup
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reesiecup 10/20/09 - 07:59 am
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Justus, Im sure if he would

Justus, Im sure if he would have gunned down an african american you would be on the bandwagon to stick the needle in him yourself. Your ramblings make no sense most of the time and your grammar in this case" bout the victim" shows your true ignorance.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 10/20/09 - 08:14 am
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justus is a race baiting

justus is a race baiting plant...not even a real person

InChristLove
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InChristLove 10/20/09 - 08:19 am
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In no way am I agreeing with

In no way am I agreeing with Justus4 because most times his posting are racial and so totally out there but the constant bashing of individuals who post with spelling errors is getting old. Not everyone is a good speller or sometimes they get their fingers on the wrong keys, or they don't use proper grammer, and yes, they could use spell check or proofread their post before posting but none of us are perfect and mistakes happen. So just read the post, make your own comments, and try to leave the "shows your ignorance" comments off. It doesn't help and is only used to degrade another individual.

BoonDockSaint
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BoonDockSaint 10/20/09 - 08:26 am
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"And Shepherds we shall

"And Shepherds we shall be
For thee, my Lord, for thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand
Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti."

livingdead70
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livingdead70 10/20/09 - 08:30 am
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I am so sick of people

I am so sick of people complaining about the death penalty.
We need to deal with these people QUICKER and HARSHER.
Thats why crime is rampant, PC crybabays like you all wine too much. Criminals know that much isnt going to be done to them, and jail isnt bad for them,,,,,,,,,,, we need to take some serious harsh action against these bad elements.

livingdead70
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livingdead70 10/20/09 - 08:34 am
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Let me add something, the

Let me add something, the whole time these losers such as the one above are in prison they are getting free health care, free food, all kinds of recreation and other BS nonsense. On YOUR dime. If someone breaks in your car, and gets caught, your SOL on the damage, and then you have to pay for them to be in jail for however long. Pretty messed up to me............. They need to turn prisons into factorys, make then work HARD and LONG instead of laying around watching TV and planning future crimes with other criminals. Guess yall would say Im not PC........

AWyld1
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AWyld1 10/20/09 - 08:36 am
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You have my vote living

You have my vote living

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/20/09 - 08:45 am
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When the 8th amendment was

When the 8th amendment was adopted capital punishment was very common and accepted widely, so the Founding Fathers knew it would not violate the 8th amendment. Strict construction of the Constitution is appropriate, so fire up ol' Sparky!

littlettolate
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littlettolate 10/20/09 - 09:07 am
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regular supper of chicken and

regular supper of chicken and rice, carrots, beans, corn bread, collard greens, iced tea and bread pudding. Dang what happened to bread and water days..

fandango
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fandango 10/20/09 - 09:23 am
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great point dixieman

great point dixieman

sueboo418
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sueboo418 10/20/09 - 09:42 am
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Little he's been eating

Little he's been eating pretty good all these years if that's a "regular" meal. He probably has been eating better in there than allot of hard working people that are paying out all those taxes for his sorry self to sit in that cell all these years. Take him out!!

mable8
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mable8 10/20/09 - 09:54 am
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J4: It is "cruel and inhumane

J4: It is "cruel and inhumane punishment" to murder another person; who gives anyone the right to be judge, jury, and executioner? And did this man even for a moment consider giving the victim a "reprieve?" I don't think so. Laws are made to protect society and provide sanctions against those who harm others--if that includes the death penalty, then sobeit. For those countries who have abolished the death penalty, many are considering reinstating them; seems that the US isn't so behind the times after all. I don't like the death penalty anymore than others do, but until a better way is found to deal with these monsters, then the death penalty should remain. Just to give you something to think about, Charles Manson's "ladies" stated that they murdered as an act of 'love' (they really loved the Tate/LaBianca victims); Manson approved this. If this is a fool's brand of 'love,' I wouldn't want to be around when they express their hate.

CalvinCool
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CalvinCool 10/20/09 - 10:10 am
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It is a pity that the state

It is a pity that the state could not make his execution a 'pay-per-view' event and maybe reoup some of the taypayer's money that has used to feed and clothe this worthless coprophage since 1994.

littlettolate
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littlettolate 10/20/09 - 10:33 am
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Sue I am thinking the same

Sue I am thinking the same thing. They seem to live the nice life while incarcerated. And we wonder why crime rate is hitting all time high!!!

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 10/20/09 - 10:42 am
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This is a true fact, many

This is a true fact, many studies have been done on this subject...

100% of the people put to death by capital punishment never commit another murder.

If you ask me, the numbers speak for themselves.

Parents should make their kids watch the execution... maybe if they saw the end results of murder we would have fewer murders.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/20/09 - 10:59 am
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Save your breath MABLE,
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Save your breath MABLE, you'll get nowhere trying to reason with a liberal. And all this talk about "Old Sparky" is silly since Georgia now also uses lethal injection, a humane execution.

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