First 2017 Georgia Death Row Execution Date Set

J.W. Ledford Jr. Execution date set


A Georgia death-row inmate convicted of killing a 73-year-old doctor is set for execution next month.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday April 26th that 45-year-old J.W. Ledford Jr. is scheduled to die May 16th at the state prison in Jackson.

Ledford was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, Dr. Harry Johnston, near his home in Murray County, in northwest Georgia.

A Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case says Ledford told police he stabbed Johnston after the older man accused him of stealing and hit him.

Ledford told police he hid Johnston’s body and robbed Johnston’s wife at knifepoint.

Ledford would be the first inmate executed this year in Georgia. The state executed nine inmates last year.

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