Parole board declines to spare life of death row inmate

The inmate asked to be put to death by firing squad, but he will be killed by lethal injection Tuesday.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's parole board has declined to spare the life of a death row inmate who's scheduled for execution Tuesday.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles reached its decision Monday after holding a hearing to hear arguments for and against clemency for J.W. Ledford Jr.

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.

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The parole board is the only authority in Georgia with power to commute a death sentence. The board didn't give a reason for denying clemency, which is standard.

Ledford's lawyers are asking the parole board to spare his life, citing a rough childhood, substance abuse from an early age and intellectual disability.

Ledford's final meal request included Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon with Pepper Jack cheese, large french fries, 10 chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chop, bloomin onion, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, sherbert and Sprite. 

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