The Latest: Panel denies clemency for death row inmate

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Posted: Apr 11, 2016 7:17 PM
The Latest: Panel denies clemency for death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the clemency request from a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to grant clemency for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

The parole board held a clemency hearing Monday for Kenneth Fults. As is its custom, the board did not give any reason for its denial.

The 47-year-old inmate is set to be executed Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. Georgia executes inmates using an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

Fults pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during a burglary in January 1996, and a jury sentenced him to die.

In a clemency petition, Fults' lawyers detailed an extremely tough childhood and an intellectual disability that keeps him from acting appropriately. They also pointed out flaws in his sentencing trial.

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

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5:15 p.m.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is considering whether to grant clemency for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

The parole board held a clemency hearing Monday for Kenneth Fults, but did not immediately announce its decision.

The 47-year-old inmate is set to be executed Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. Georgia executes inmates using an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

Fults pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during a burglary in January 1996, and a jury sentenced him to die.

In a clemency petition, Fults' lawyers detailed an extremely tough childhood and an intellectual disability that keeps him from acting appropriately. They also pointed out flaws in his sentencing trial.

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

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4 a.m.

Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare his life.

The parole board has scheduled a clemency hearing Monday for Kenneth Fults.

The 47-year-old inmate is set to be executed Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. Georgia executes inmates using an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

Fults pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during a burglary in January 1996, and a jury sentenced him to die.

In a clemency petition, Fults' lawyers detail an extremely tough childhood and an intellectual disability that keeps him from acting appropriately. They also point out flaws in his sentencing trial.

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