ALMA, Ga. -- Lawyers for the next inmate on Georgia's death row says a juror was biased against William Sallie. They're trying to keep their client from execution.
The convicted murderer is scheduled to be put to death in less than two weeks. He's already been convicted and sentenced to death twice.
It was a particularly gruesome crime.
According to court documents, Sallie's ex-wife left him because he was abusive.
In 1990 she was living with her parents in Bacon County. One night, William Sallie cut the phone cords, pried open the back door and snuck into his in-law's bedroom, according to records.
It only gets worse from there.
Sallie was convicted of shooting John and Linda Moore, killing his father-in-law. When his wife and her 17-year-old sister begged to call 911, Sallie abducted and raped both of them.
He let them go the next day, only after asking that they don't press charges.
A jury sentenced him to death.
But that was overthrown because Sallie argued his first lawyer had a conflict of interest. The lawyer was also serving as a clerk of court.
Sallie was tried again and sentenced to death for a second time in 2002.
All of his appeals ran out, but now his lawyers are arguing that a juror who sentenced him lied about a "messy divorce" and "ugly" custody fight.
They say that made her biased against Sallie.
But a federal court said these new arguments were too late.
Sallie is scheduled for execution on December 6th. He will be the 9th person put to death in Georgia in 2016. That would be the most in the country.
Georgia has no equal in 2016.
Aside from Texas, no other state has more than one execution in 2016.
"It seems like nationwide, jurors are more hesitant to apply the death penalty when they have something else to fall back on, say life without parole," said 11Alive legal analyst Phil Holloway.
That's been true in Georgia. While it's the leading state this year, that's likely to be the only time.
There are only about 60 men on Georgia death row. Texas has about four times that number.
And there were no death penalty convictions in 2015.
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