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May 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
Henry Willis III, who was convicted of shooting a small-town police chief to death one day before the victim was to leave for a new job, died in the electric chair Thursday night. Willis was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center, Corrections Department spokesman John Siler said. He was given the death penalty for his part in the Feb. 11, 1976, killing of Ray City Police Chief Ed Giddens, 29. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday denied Willis' appeal but did not lift a brief stay ordered by a lower federal court.
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March 13, 2002 | From Associated Press
Ignoring pleas from Britain, Georgia executed a dual British-American citizen Tuesday night for raping and murdering a woman 17 years ago. Before he was given a lethal injection, Tracy Lee Housel apologized and told his friends and family, "Take care of yourselves. May God be with you all." Housel, who was born in the British territory of Bermuda, admitted picking up Jean Drew, 46, at an Atlanta truck stop in 1985, then raping her and beating her to death.
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May 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Richard Tucker, who kidnaped, raped and murdered a nurse while on parole in another killing, was executed Friday. He was the second Georgia inmate put to death in a week. Tucker, 44, was electrocuted hours after the U.S. Supreme Court and the state Board of Pardons and Paroles refused to stay the execution. He died at 7:23 p.m., said John Siler, a Department of Corrections spokesman.
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May 5, 2001 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it came time to say goodbye, the tapes were rolling. "I love the Lord and I hope you all love him," one inmate said as a black hood was slipped over his head. "Goodbye, Mother." "I'd like to thank the people at this institution for taking such good care of me," another inmate said as straps were cinched down on his wrists. Said a third: "I can only say I'm not sorry I'm leaving this world."
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May 16, 1987 | Associated Press
Joseph Mulligan, 35, who was convicted of killing a witness to a murder he committed for the insurance money, was put to death Friday in Georgia's electric chair. "The order of the court has been carried out and the condemned was executed," said Fred Steeple, a prison spokesman. Earlier Friday, the Supreme Court, by a 7-2 vote, turned down an emergency request aimed at postponing Mulligan's execution and a formal appeal challenging his conviction and death sentence. Mulligan, from Beaufort, S.C.
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May 5, 2001 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it came time to say goodbye, the tapes were rolling. "I love the Lord and I hope you all love him," one inmate said as a black hood was slipped over his head. "Goodbye, Mother." "I'd like to thank the people at this institution for taking such good care of me," another inmate said as straps were cinched down on his wrists. Said a third: "I can only say I'm not sorry I'm leaving this world."
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August 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Judges granted stays of execution in two controversial Southern cases that were due to move to the death chamber this week. The execution by injection of a Florida murderer, Dan Patrick Hauser, 30, who has said he wants to die, was put on hold, at least temporarily, after a federal judge said he needed more time to review newly filed documents in the case. Hauser has a history of mental illness and has repeatedly tried to commit suicide.
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July 29, 1988
James Messer Jr. was executed in Georgia's electric chair for beating and stabbing to death his 8-year-old niece when she fought his attempts to molest her. Messer, 34, was pronounced dead at 7:23 p.m. Thursday, Department of Corrections spokesman John Siler said. He became the 13th person to die in Georgia's electric chair since the state resumed executions in 1983. The execution came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 vote, refused to halt it.
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April 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
A former soldier was executed in Georgia's electric chair Thursday night for bludgeoning a prostitute to death in 1978. William Henry Hance, a 45-year-old former Ft. Benning soldier, died at 10:10 p.m. after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal in a 5-3 vote. Justices Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. Hance maintained his innocence in a seven-minute statement before his execution at the state prison in Jackson.
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May 30, 1987 | Associated Press
William Boyd Tucker, convicted of killing a pregnant newlywed 10 years ago, was put to death Friday in Georgia's electric chair. Tucker was pronounced dead at 7:29 p.m., Fred Steeple, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Corrections, said. Earlier Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court had voted 6 to 3 to reject a formal appeal aimed at overturning Tucker's conviction and death sentence.
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August 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Judges granted stays of execution in two controversial Southern cases that were due to move to the death chamber this week. The execution by injection of a Florida murderer, Dan Patrick Hauser, 30, who has said he wants to die, was put on hold, at least temporarily, after a federal judge said he needed more time to review newly filed documents in the case. Hauser has a history of mental illness and has repeatedly tried to commit suicide.
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June 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who shot and killed a couple during a robbery at a service station--making four children orphans--was executed in the state's electric chair in Jackson. David Loomis Cargill, 39, asked for forgiveness and said he hoped his execution would bring closure to those he hurt, said Scott Stallings, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Cargill and his brother, Thomas, both of Phenix City, Ala.
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May 18, 1995 | Associated Press
Darrell Gene Devier was executed Wednesday in Georgia's electric chair for the 1979 rape-murder of 12-year-old Mary Frances Stoner.
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April 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
A former soldier was executed in Georgia's electric chair Thursday night for bludgeoning a prostitute to death in 1978. William Henry Hance, a 45-year-old former Ft. Benning soldier, died at 10:10 p.m. after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal in a 5-3 vote. Justices Harry Blackmun, John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. Hance maintained his innocence in a seven-minute statement before his execution at the state prison in Jackson.
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May 19, 1989 | From Associated Press
Henry Willis III, who was convicted of shooting a small-town police chief to death one day before the victim was to leave for a new job, died in the electric chair Thursday night. Willis was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center, Corrections Department spokesman John Siler said. He was given the death penalty for his part in the Feb. 11, 1976, killing of Ray City Police Chief Ed Giddens, 29. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday denied Willis' appeal but did not lift a brief stay ordered by a lower federal court.
NEWS
July 29, 1988
James Messer Jr. was executed in Georgia's electric chair for beating and stabbing to death his 8-year-old niece when she fought his attempts to molest her. Messer, 34, was pronounced dead at 7:23 p.m. Thursday, Department of Corrections spokesman John Siler said. He became the 13th person to die in Georgia's electric chair since the state resumed executions in 1983. The execution came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 vote, refused to halt it.
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June 10, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who shot and killed a couple during a robbery at a service station--making four children orphans--was executed in the state's electric chair in Jackson. David Loomis Cargill, 39, asked for forgiveness and said he hoped his execution would bring closure to those he hurt, said Scott Stallings, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Cargill and his brother, Thomas, both of Phenix City, Ala.
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May 30, 1987 | Associated Press
William Boyd Tucker, convicted of killing a pregnant newlywed 10 years ago, was put to death Friday in Georgia's electric chair. Tucker was pronounced dead at 7:29 p.m., Fred Steeple, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Corrections, said. Earlier Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court had voted 6 to 3 to reject a formal appeal aimed at overturning Tucker's conviction and death sentence.
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