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Georgia man executed in 1994 double murder

By
Allen Cone
Scotty Morrow, who was convicted in a 1994 double murder, died by lethal injection in Georgia on Thursday. Photo courtesy Georgia Department of Corrections
Scotty Morrow, who was convicted in a 1994 double murder, died by lethal injection in Georgia on Thursday. Photo courtesy Georgia Department of Corrections

May 2 (UPI) -- Scotty Morrow, who was convicted in a 1994 double murder, was executed Thursday -- Georgia's first one this year.

Morrow, 52, was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

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Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, the state has executed 50 prisoners.

Morrow was convicted in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Barbara Ann Young, and her friend, Tonya Woods, at Young's home in Gainesville in December 1994. A third woman survived being shot.

The execution was set for 7 p.m., but delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal for mercy at about 9 p.m. On Thursday afternoon, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected an appeal. And on Wednesday, the state Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency.

His last meal was a hamburger, chicken and waffles, two hot dogs, a bag of buttered popcorn, a pint of butter pecan ice cream and a large lemonade. He finished only about half the meal, according to a Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

On Wednesday, WSB-TV's Mark Winne spoke with Morrow on the phone, asking him: "Are you prepared to die?"

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Morrow said: "I don't want to die, but I'm at peace, you know, if God so wills it that it's gonna be done. I don't want to, but if that's what happens, I can't change anything."

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