Clemency denied for Georgia man scheduled to die Today
(VIA-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 9:02 p.m Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
The state Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for convicted killer Keith Tharpe.
Tharpe still has several court appeals pending that could delay his execution, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night. His lawyers are arguing one of the jurors who convicted him and sentenced him to die was a racist. They also maintain that he is not eligible for the death penalty because he is intellectually disabled.
At the parole board on Monday, 20 supporters - including a daughter and a granddaughter - had argued for mercy.
Tharpe is scheduled to die by lethal injection for killing his 29-year-old sister-in-law, Jaquelyn Freeman on Sept. 25, 1990, dragging her from a car and shooting her multiple times with a shotgun.
Georgia reintroduced the death penalty in 1973 after Furman v. Georgia ruled all states' death penalty statutes unconstitutional. The first execution to take place afterwards occurred in 1983. As of November 20, 2015, 59 people in total have been executed since then.