The state of Georgia will put the death its oldest inmate convicted in connection with a murder in 1979.
Brandon Astor Jones, 72, convicted in the death of a convenience store manager in an Atlanta suburb during a botched robbery, was set to be executed at 7 PM ET Tuesday.
Jones was scheduled to be put the death via lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. According to a report from Reuters, Jackson’s execution will be the fifth this year in the United States and the first of two executions for Georgia this month. Georgia’s execution follows Alabama, Florida and Texas, who all put inmates to death in December.
Jones, who has been appealing his death sentence over the years, was denied a stay by the Georgia Supreme Court today in a last-ditch effort.
Jones would be the second man executed in the shooting death of Roger Tackett, 35, inside a convenience store in June 1979, according to court testimony.
Jones was arrested inside the store, along with co-defendant Van Roosevelt Solomon, by a police officer who heard four gunshots, according to a Georgia Supreme Court case synopsis.
Jones later told another officer “there is a man in the back – hurt bad,” court records said. Police found a badly wounded Tackett in a locked storeroom.
Solomon, also convicted of murder, was executed in 1985. Jones has been appealing his death sentence for decades.
Reuters adds that Jones had death sentence overturned by a federal district court in 1989 because of the presence of a Bible in the courtroom, which they ruled influenced the jury.
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