Georgia plans to execute man for 1982 killing of a friend



    Georgia plans to execute man for 1982 killing of a friend

    July 14, Atlanta: Georgia plans to execute a man on Thursday who was convicted of beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying more than three decades ago, reports said.

    John Wayne Conner, 60, is scheduled to be put to death by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of fatally beating his friend J.T. White during an argument after a night of drinking and smoking marijuana in January 1982.

    If carried out, the execution would be the sixth in Georgia this year and the most in a calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated nationwide in 1976. Georgia executed five inmates last year and in 1987, the Associated Press reported.

    According to reports, only five states have carried out death sentences this year for a total of 14. Aside from the five already put to death in Georgia, six inmates have been executed in Texas and one each in Alabama, Florida and Missouri.

    The Oslo Times International News Network