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After a Series of Apologies, Georgia Man Is Executed

Scotty Morrow killed 2 women in 1994
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2019 1:12 AM CDT
This photo made available by the Georgia Department of Correction shows Scotty Garnell Morrow.   (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

(Newser) – A man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago was executed Thursday evening in Georgia. Scotty Garnell Morrow's approximate time of death was 9:38pm, Warden Benjamin Ford told witnesses at the state prison in Jackson. Morrow, 52, was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young's Gainesville home in Dec. 1994. Young's 5-year-old son witnessed his mother's murder. Strapped to a gurney before he received a lethal injection of the sedative pentobarbital, Morrow said, "I would like to give my most deepest and sincere apologies to the Woods family and the Young family," adding that he hopes they can find peace, the AP reports.

He also apologized to LaToya Horne, who also was shot but survived. And he apologized to his friends and family for the hurt and pain, saying, "I love you all." A Department of Corrections imam read a prayer and finished with, "I love you, brother." Morrow responded, "I love you, too." Morrow was the first inmate put to death in Georgia this year. His execution came shortly after the US Supreme Court rejected a last-hour bid to block the death sentence from being carried out. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence, rejected Morrow's request for clemency following a closed-door hearing Wednesday. Morrow's lawyers had described him in the clemency petition as rehabilitated and a model prisoner on death row, a mentor to other prisoners, and a help to guards.

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