Georgia Executes Check-Forging Killer

Nurse struggled to find a vein for lethal injection
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2015 12:07 AM CST
Georgia Executes Check-Forging Killer
This undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brian Keith Terrell.   (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

A Georgia man convicted of forging checks belonging to his mother's friend and killing the man after he demanded money back has been executed. The execution of Brian Keith Terrell, 47, was carried out at 12:52am Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson, the Department of Corrections said in a statement. Terrell was convicted of murder in the June 1992 killing of 70-year-old John Watson of Covington, a community some 35 miles east of Atlanta. Terrell accepted a final prayer and refused to record a final statement, corrections officials said. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the nurse assigned to the execution struggled to insert IVs in both of Terrell's arms for the lethal injection and, after an hour, put one in his right hand.

Terrell was on parole in 1992 when he stole 10 of Watson's checks and signed his name on some, prosecutors said. Watson told police about the theft but asked them not to pursue charges if most of the money was returned. The day he was to return the money, according to the prosecutors, Terrell had his cousin drive him to Watson's house, where he shot Watson multiple times. Terrell's lawyers argued that their client was innocent and no physical evidence connected him to the killing, but the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the state Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court all denied last-minute requests for clemency. (Last month, Georgia executed a convicted murderer after denying his request for a final six-pack of beer.)

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