The Latest: US Supreme Court denies stay of execution

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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 9:40 PM
The Latest: US Supreme Court denies stay of execution

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing his father-in-law (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a Georgia inmate who was convicted of killing his father-in-law.

William Sallie is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Tuesday evening at the state prison in Jackson. The 50-year-old inmate was convicted of murder in the March 1990 shooting death of John Lee More at his south Georgia home.

Sallie's lawyers had asked a state court to consider a petition that argued that executing him would be arbitrary and amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. The petition also argues Sallie's due process rights would be violated.

In a separate challenge Sallie's lawyers asked to reopen his federal petition to have a court consider alleged juror bias that they say makes him eligible for a new trial.

Both challenges have been rejected by the lower courts and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which also rejected the challenges.

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5:20 p.m.

Two legal challenges to the planned execution of a Georgia inmate who was convicted of killing his father-in-law are pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

William Sallie is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Tuesday evening at the state prison in Jackson. The 50-year-old inmate was convicted of murder in the March 1990 shooting death of John Lee More at his south Georgia home.

Sallie's lawyers had asked a state court to consider a petition that argued that executing him would be arbitrary and amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. The petition also argues Sallie's due process rights would be violated.

In a separate challenge Sallie's lawyers asked to reopen his federal petition to have a court consider alleged juror bias that they say makes him eligible for a new trial.

Both challenges have been rejected by the lower courts and appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sallie received visits Tuesday from six family members, four friends, three clergy members and four paralegals.

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3:30 p.m.

Georgia' highest court has declined to stop the planned execution of an inmate convicted of killing his father-in-law.

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed unanimously to allow the evening's scheduled execution of 50-year-old William Sallie to proceed. Sallie was convicted of murder in the March 1990 shooting death of John Lee Moore at his home in rural Georgia.

Sallie's lawyers had asked for a stay of execution and sought to appeal a lower court's decision to dismiss his petition that argued that executing him would be arbitrary and would amount to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

Defense lawyers also argued it would violate his due process rights.

Sallie has another legal challenge pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, which is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, on Monday declined to grant Sallie clemency.

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3:30 a.m.

Georgia is preparing to execute a man convicted of killing his father-in-law in March 1990.

William Sallie is scheduled to die Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of murder in the shooting death of John Lee Moore.

Prosecutors say Sallie went to his in-laws' home, where his estranged wife and their 2-year-old son were staying, and shot Moore and Moore's wife, who survived. He then abducted his estranged wife and her sister but set them free later that evening.

Sallie would be the ninth inmate executed in Georgia this year, the most in a calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Georgia has executed more inmates than any other state this year, including Texas with seven.