ATLANTA – The Georgia Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution for a man set to die by lethal injection Tuesday night.
J.W. Ledford, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga.
Ledford, now 45, was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston, near his home in northwest Georgia.
On Monday, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Ledford.
Ledford's lawyers asked the parole board to spare his life, citing a rough childhood, substance abuse from an early age and intellectual disability.
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