The Latest: Board denies clemency for death-row inmate

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Posted: Dec 07, 2015 8:03 PM
The Latest: Board denies clemency for death-row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) — The latest on a death row inmate scheduled to die Tuesday in Georgia (All times local):

7:40 p.m.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for a death row inmate set for execution this week.

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.

As is its custom, the parole board gave no reason for its decision Monday. The board is the only state entity authorized to commute a death sentence.

The 47-year-old Terrell forged checks belonging to Watson. Prosecutors say Terrell was supposed to return the money but instead shot Watson multiple times and 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.

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1:45 p.m.

Lawyers for the state of Georgia are rejecting claims by a death row inmate that prosecutors used false and misleading testimony to convict him.

Forty-seven-year-old Brian Keith Terrell is scheduled to be executed Tuesday.

Terrell was on parole in June 1992 when prosecutors say he stole and forged checks belonging to the friend of his mother, 70-year-old John Watson. Prosecutors say Terrell was supposed to return the money but instead shot Watson multiple times and then severely beat him.

His lawyers say no physical evidence connects him to the crime and that his cousin, who gave key testimony, has since told a defense attorney and investigator he lied.

State lawyers said in a court filing Monday that courts have already heard and rejected the issues raised by Terrell's lawyers.

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7:45 a.m.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles plans to hear from supporters for a death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

A clemency hearing for Brian Keith Terrell is scheduled for Monday. Terrell is set for execution at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was convicted in the 1992 slaying of a close friend of his mother.

Terrell was on parole in June 1992 when prosecutors say he stole and forged checks belonging to the friend of his mother, 70-year-old John Watson. Prosecutors say Terrell was supposed to return the money but instead shot Watson multiple times and then severely beat him.

Terrell's lawyers say that their client is innocent, that no physical evidence connects him to the crime, and that prosecutors used false and misleading testimony to get the conviction.