The Latest on Georgia execution: Inmate put to death

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Posted: Dec 09, 2015 1:00 AM

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The latest on a death row inmate scheduled to die Tuesday in Georgia (all times local):

12:52 p.m.

A Georgia man convicted of forging checks and killing a close friend of his mother's has been put to death.

The state Department of Corrections said in a statement that the execution of 47-year-old Brian Keith Terrell was carried out at 12:52 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson of Covington, east of Atlanta.

Prosecutors say Terrell was on parole in 1992 when he stole 10 of Watson's checks and signed his name on some. Watson told police about the theft but asked them not to pursue charges if most of the money was returned. The day he was to return the money, prosecutors say, Terrell had his cousin drive him to Watson's house where he shot Watson multiple times.

Defense attorneys argued Terrell was innocent.

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11:05 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution sought by a Georgia man scheduled to receive a lethal injection for the 1992 killing of a friend of his mother.

The high court released a brief statement shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday saying the request for a stay had been presented to Justice Clarence Thomas for the court and that it had been denied. No explanation was given.

Brian Keith Terrell was originally scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. Tuesday though the time passed as his lawyers presented a series of late filings to the nation's highest court. Terrell was convicted of murder in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson.

Earlier appeals to halt the planned execution had been denied by other courts.

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10:15 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court hadn't yet issue a decision after 10 p.m. on latest defense filings on behalf of a Georgia man scheduled to be executed for the 1992 killing of a friend of his mother.

Brian Keith Terrell had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but hours passed without word from the justices. Terrell was convicted of murder in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson.

Tuesday evening, the nation's high court received late filings from Terrell's defense attorneys. Those were presented after the Georgia Supreme Court and an appeals court earlier Tuesday declined to halt the execution.

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6:15 p.m.

The 11th U.S. Court of Appeals has declined to halt the execution of a Georgia man convicted in the killing of a close friend of mother.

Brian Keith Terrell was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was convicted in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson.

Terrell's lawyers said in a federal court filing that the state can't ensure the safety and efficacy of the drug it plans to use in his execution. State attorneys say the state has taken precautions to ensure the drug won't be defective and wouldn't proceed with a faulty drug.

Terrell also has said in a state court filing that he is innocent. State lawyers say courts already have heard and rejected the defense arguments.

The Georgia Supreme Court earlier Tuesday declined to halt the execution.

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3:15 p.m.

The Georgia Supreme Court has declined to halt the execution of a man convicted in the killing of a close friend of his mother.

Brian Keith Terrell is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was convicted in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson.

Terrell's lawyers said in a state court filing that their client is innocent and that prosecutors used false and misleading testimony to get the conviction. State lawyers say courts already have heard and rejected the defense arguments.

Terrell also has said the state can't ensure the safety and efficacy of the drug it plans to use in his execution. State attorneys say the state has taken precautions to ensure the drug won't be defective and wouldn't proceed with a faulty drug.

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12:15 p.m.

A Georgia death row inmate is appealing after federal and state courts rejected his attempts to halt his execution.

Brian Keith Terrell is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was convicted in the June 1992 killing of a close friend of his mother, 70-year-old John Watson.

Terrell's lawyers said in a state court filing that their client is innocent and that prosecutors used false and misleading testimony to get the conviction. State lawyers say courts have already heard and rejected the defense arguments.

Terrell also has said the state can't ensure the safety and efficacy of the drug it plans to use in his execution. State attorneys say the state has taken precautions to ensure the drug won't be defective and wouldn't proceed with a faulty drug.

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3:05 a.m.

A Georgia man convicted of killing a close friend of his mother is to be executed Tuesday.

Brian Keith Terrell is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. He was convicted in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson.

Terrell was on parole in June 1992 when he stole and forged checks belonging to Watson. Prosecutors say Terrell was supposed to return the money but instead shot Watson multiple times and severely beat him.

Terrell's lawyers say their client is innocent and that prosecutors used false and misleading testimony to get the conviction. State lawyers say courts have already heard and rejected the defense arguments.

The parole board on Monday denied clemency after a hearing for Terrell. Terrell also has court challenges pending.