Georgia carries out first execution in 2017


Georgia has done its first execution of 2017 with the deadly infusion of 45-year-old J.W. Ledford Jr., who was confirmed dead at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson.

Ledford was convicted of murder in the January 1992 for stabbing a 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston close to his house in northwest Georgia.

Ledford told police he stabbed Johnston, who conveyed Ledford when he was conceived, after the older man accused him of theft.

The Supreme Court denied a stay from claiming execution for Ledford, making room for the deadly infusion.


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