The Latest: Panel has clemency hearing for death row inmate

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Posted: Mar 30, 2016 6:36 PM
The Latest: Panel has clemency hearing for death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to be executed this week (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

The state parole board has held a clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week but did not immediately reach a decision.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles heard Wednesday from supporters of 41-year-old Joshua Bishop, as well as from those who believe he should be executed. Spokesman Steve Hayes says the board will issue its decision Thursday, the day Bishop is scheduled to die.

Bishop was convicted of murder and armed robbery in the 1994 beating death of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville.

The parole board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence.

Bishop, Morrison and Mark Braxley had been drinking and smoking crack on June 24, 1994. Prosecutors say Bishop tried to steal car keys from Morrison, who was sleeping, and he and Braxley beat Morrison to death when he woke up.

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4:45 a.m.

The state parole board plans to hold a clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate who's scheduled to die this week.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles plans to hear Wednesday from supporters of 41-year-old Joshua Bishop, as well as from those who believe he should be executed.

Bishop was convicted of murder and armed robbery in the 1994 beating death of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville. His execution is set for Thursday.

The parole board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence.

Bishop, Morrison and Mark Braxley had been drinking and smoking crack on June 24, 1994. Prosecutors say Bishop tried to steal car keys from Morrison, who was sleeping, and he and Braxley beat Morrison to death when he woke up.