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.
In 1998, Arevalo was fired from his restaurant job after he refused to take out the trash. A week later, he robbed the restaurant and killed manager Marc Ratthaus and cook Adolfo Gonzales with gunshots to the back of the head.
Barber was a handyman who had been doing work for 75 year-old Dorothy Epps. During a robbery, he beat her to death with a hammer. He confessed on videotape and was linked to the crime scene through physical evidence. The defense contested guilt on the basis that the confession was false and that the circumstantial evidence was weak. In the penalty phase, the defense presented evidence that Barber was in a cycle of drug use and that his violent behavior was not characteristic of him.
A jury sentenced 49-year-old Winston Clay Barrett to death for the shooting death of a friend in Towns County.
Joshua Daniel Bishop
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
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.
Sentenced to death for murdering Deputy Kyle Dinkheller, Laurens County, GA, during a speeding incident. At first Brannon ignored Dinkhellers commands. he attacked the deputy and a scuffl ensured. Brannan went back to his car and took a M-I Carbine from under the seat. Brannan systematically, methodically shot Dinkheller in the arms, legs, exposed areas that would not be covered had Dinkheller been wearing a bulletproof vest, slowly executing him. Reloading his weapon Brannan continued firing with the final death shot to Dinkheller’s right eye.
Ward Anthony Brockman
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.
Nicholas Jason Bryant
Bell was indicted on 5 counts of 1st-degree murder in the May 21, 2006, shooting death of his wife and in-laws. The in-laws were killed inside The Ministry of Jesus Christ Church, and his wife, Erica, was killed at an apartment parking lot. In addition, Bell was indicted on a count of attempted 1st-degree murder in wounding of the church pastor and Erica Bell's mother, Claudia Brown.
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.
Wilson and Butts asked Parks, a prison guard, for a ride outside the Wal-Mart in Milledgeville in 1996. He agreed. After driving away, they ordered Parks to pull over and get out of the car. He was killed with a shotgun blast to the head. It was unclear who pulled the trigger. Wilson and Butts abandoned and burned Parks' Acura. Police found the gun under Wilson's bed.
Convicted as a hit man of a brutal racially-motivated killing in 2000.
Cleveland Clark was found guilty in the murder of 22-year-old Union City mother Sparkle Rai. Clark was hired by Rai’s father-in-law, Chiman Rai, to kill the young woman. Chiman Rai, 68, a native of India, didn’t want his son married to an African-American woman, prosecutors said. The elder Rai was convicted exactly a year ago Friday of conspiring to kill his son’s wife, and was sentenced to life without parole. Sparkle had only been married for a month to Rajeeve “Ricky” Rai when she was murdered. Prosecutors say Rai paid $10,000 to have Sparkle killed. A business acquaintance, Herbert Green, teamed up with a friend, Willie Fred Evans. Evans reputedly recruited Clark. Green and Evans agreed to testify for the prosecution in exchange for probation.
Sparkle’s murder had gone unsolved for six years until witnesses came forward identifying Clark as the killer, court officials said. Sentenced to Death 7/2/09.
Michael Anthony Cohen
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.
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.
John Wayne Conner
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.
Andrew Allen Cook
Grant Patrick Hendrickson and Michele Lee Cartagena were students at Mercer University. In the early morning hours of January 3, 1995, the couple was parked next to Lake Juliette. Cook, who never met them, drove up to their car and fired 14 times with an AR-15 assault rifle, drew closer, and fired five times with a 9-millimeter handgun. Cook then dragged Cartagena a short distance, partially removed her clothing, spread her legs and knelt between them, and spit on her.
Ray Jefferson Cromartie
Cromartie was convicted in October 1997 in Thomas County Superior Court of the April 19, 1994, shooting death of a clerk at a West Jackson Street convenience store. He also was convicted of aggravated battery in the shooting three days earlier of a clerk at a North Madison Street convenience store. Cromartie, 41, also was convicted of armed robbery and three counts of possession of a firearm in the two shootings.
Troy Anthony Davis
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
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
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
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.
Convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 6 yr old Christopher Barrios. Barrios disappeared from his neighborhood outside of Brunswick in March 2007. Authorities found his body in a garbage bag a few miles from his home a week later. Edenfield, his wife, Peggy and their son George all lived next door to where Christopher lived with his father. All three Edenfields face charges in the case. George Edenfield is a convicted child molester. Peggy Edenfield testified over the weekend against her husband and will be tried last in exchange for testifying. As part of the deal, she cannot receive the death penalty. Later Tuesday afternoon during his closing, Kelley referenced Edenfield's past as a cook for many years in the Brunswick area. "He can take orders from a cook in a kitchen and perform it well, but he cannot heed to the pleas of a 6-year-old boy being tortured. What kind of man is David Edenfield?" Sentenced to Death 10/6/09.
John Anthony Esposito
Esposito and his girl friend Alicia Woodward (serves a life sentence) embarked on a deadly, cross-country killing spree in 1996 during which Esposito and Woodward robbed 90-year-old Lola Davis of Lumberton, N.C., and robbed and killed two other elderly people before they were arrested in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.
Eric Lynn Ferrell
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.
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.
Timothy Tyrone Foster
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.
Was sentenced to death for an August 1994 rampage in which he stabbed to death a Hall County woman and injured her 2 children. The jury found Franks guilty of 12 felonies in connection with the murder of 35-year-old Deborah Wilson and the stabbing of her 2 children, ages 13 and 9. Franks, 33, also is accused of shooting to death Deborah Wilson's husband, Clinton, and his helper, David Martin, just hours earlier in the basement of his pawnshop in Haralson County. He has not been tried on those charges.
Kenneth E. Fults
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.
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.
[Gissendaner was convicted in 1998 of recruiting her lover to kill her husband, Doug Gissendaner, 30. Her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, testified against her as part of a plea bargain that landed him a life sentence but spared him from the death penalty.
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.
Emanuel Fitzgerald "Demon" Hammond
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.
Jerry Scott Heidler
A jury convicted Jerry Scott Heidler of the following offenses: four counts of malice murder; kidnapping with bodily injury; two counts of kidnapping; aggravated sodomy; aggravated child molestation; child molestation; and, burglary. For the murders, the jury recommended four death sentences, finding as the statutory aggravating circumstances that each homicide was perpetrated during Heidler's commission of the other three and that all four deaths occurred during his commission of a burglary.
George Russell Henry
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.
Warren Lee Hill
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
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
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
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.
Donnie Allen Hulett Jr.
Hulett was sentenced to death for robbing, shooting and beating Larry Phelps, 62, and Arvine Phelps, 69, on July 22, 2002. The two brothers were clearing brush near the Mountain Top Boys Home, a residence for teenagers who have been in juvenile court. Hulett then stole Larry Phelps' pickup truck. He was arrested on Aug. 2, 2002 in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Stacey Ian Humphreys
Prosecutors say Humphreys staked out the women at their sales office in a Powder Springs subdivison north of Atlanta [on November 3, 2003]. Humphreys used a handgun to force them to strip naked and give him the access codes to their bank cards before he shot them both in the back of the head
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
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.
Marcus Ray Johnson
A jury convicted Marcus Ray Johnson of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated battery. The jury recommended a death sentence for the murder, finding the following statutory aggravating circumstances: the murder was committed while Johnson was engaged in the commission of a rape; the murder was committed while Johnson was engaged in the commission of an aggravated battery; and the murder was outrageously and wantonly vile, horrible and inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind, and an aggravated battery to the victim before death.
Ashley Lyndol Jones
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
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.
Jones pleaded guilty in December 2005 to the January 2004 murders of Tom and Nola Blaylock, their daughter Georgia Mae Bradley and his own 10-month-old daughter, Jerri Georgia Jones in Gordon County. He also admitted to charges of kidnapping in the abduction of three girls.
Killed an Appling County convenience store clerk in a bungled robbery.
Conviction and sentenced reversed by Georgia Supreme Court.
Sentenced to death for the brutal murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
In March 2000, a jury sentenced Gregory P. Lawler to death for killing Atlanta police Officer John Sowa.
Silver Comet Trail murderer Michael Ledford was sentenced Friday to death by lethal injection for the 2006 killing of Sandy Springs cyclist Jennifer Ewing.
J.W. Ledford Jr.
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
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.
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.
Christopher Lewis drove up to Collier, a drug dealer on the street, snatched some crack cocaine from his hand and sped off. Collier chased their car down, demanded the drugs back and shot Lewis when he found they had hidden some rather than return it. Lewis begged Collier not to kill him, but Collier replied, "I got to, man."
Gerald Patrick Lewis
Confessed to killing two Alabama women and two more women in Georgia has been charged in the 1993 slaying of a pregnant woman in Douglas County.
Roger Lynn Loyd
Will die for the 1998 murder of three-year-old Tevin Hammonds. The state presented evidence that Loyd has admitted to molesting 15 children during his life.
Daniel Lucas and Brandon Rhode are on death row for killing a father and his 2 children during a burglary.
Dekelvin R. Martin
Sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son and her grandparents in a fit of rage.
Was convicted of malice murder, financial transaction card theft, and two counts of theft by taking in 2000, and he was sentenced to death for the murder of Linda Ratcliff.
Jimmy Fletcher Meders
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.
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.
Nelson Earl Mitchell
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.
Ernest Ulysses Morrison
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.
Morrow was given a death sentence in 1999 for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and another woman in Gainesville in 1994.
Michael Wayne Nance
Was senttenced to death for killing Gabor Balogh, a 43-year-old father of two, as he was leaving a liquor store in December 1993.
Dorian Frank O'Kelley
Was sentenced to death in the 2002 slayings of Susan Pittman and her 13-year-old daughter
Lyndon Fitzgerald Pace
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.
Willie Williams Palmer
Willie Williams Palmer was found guilty of two counts of malice murder and two counts of felony murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, Brenda Jenkins Palmer, and his stepdaughter, Christine Jenkins.
David Aaron Perkins
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.
Sentenced to death for carjacking two Dunwoody teenagers, forcing them to a rural stretch in Bartow County, fatally shooting one, Louis Nava, 16, in the head and wounding the other, Dakarai Sloley.
Virgil Delano Presnell Jr.
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.
Willie James Pye
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.
Was sentenced to die for the 1999 murders of Miriam Diane Hollis and 19-year-old Brandon Jamal Hollis (mother and tenage son) on Good Friday 1999.
Billy Daniel Raulerson Jr.
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.
Brandon Rhode Executed 10:16pm September 27, 2010
Daniel Lucas and Brandon Rhode are on death row for killing a father and his 2 children during a burglary.
Sentened to death for murder and felony murder in the deaths of Connie Mincher and her 14-year-old son, Ethan, on April 17, 2003 in their east Cobb home. Also convicted Rice of burglary.
William David Riley
Was convicted of causing the death of his three children by arson.
Sentenced to death for the brutal killing of Army Sgt. Marni Glista.
James Randall Rogers
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.
William C. Sallie
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.
Richard Lester Sealey
Was sentenced to death for killing an elderly couple with an ax during a robbery at their Ellenwood home.
Demarcus Ali Sears
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.
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.
Darryl Scott Stinski
Was sentenced to death for the slayings of Susan Pittman and her daughter, Kimberly.
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.
Was sentenced to death for the murder of Chrissie Williams and her 3-year-old daughter during an attempt to rob meth.
Bryan Keith Terrell
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
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
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.
Was sentenced to death for shooting and killing an armored truck guard in a botched robbery in Columbus
Tommy Lee Waldrip
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.
Aretemus Rick Walker
Sentenced to death in for killing a white bank vice president Mr. Gresham in 2008.
Gregory Walker Jr.
Walker was sentenced to death for his participation in the murder of Janeika Murphy. She worked as a maid in a motel where Walkre and his cohorts rented a room. Murphy was kidnapped in her home and driven to a rural area where she was shooot by Walker and an accompliance, becaus eshe used her universal key to steal money and drugs out of the motel room.
James Ray Ward
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.
Update: 11th Circuit Tossed Death Sentence on 1/5/10.
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
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.
Was sentenced to death for the malice murder and felony murder in connection with the death of Michael Deal.
Sentenced to death for killing 3 people, including one child of 3 years.
Marion Wilson Jr.
Robert Earl Butts and Marion Wilson were each convicted separately for the March 28, 1996, shotgun slaying of Donovan Corey Parks.
Willie James Wilson Jr.
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.
Johnnie Alfred Worsley
Sentenced to death in 1998 by a Muscogee County Superior Court judge for the brutal murders of his wife and 17-year-old stepdaughter.