Panel to hold clemency hearing for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) — The state parole board plans to hold a clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate who’s scheduled to die this week.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles plans to hear Wednesday from supporters of 41-year-old Joshua Bishop, as well as from those who believe he should be executed.

Bishop was convicted of murder and armed robbery in the 1994 beating death of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville. His execution is set for Thursday.

The parole board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence.

Bishop, Morrison and Mark Braxley had been drinking and smoking crack on June 24, 1994. Prosecutors say Bishop tried to steal car keys from Morrison, who was sleeping, and he and Braxley beat Morrison to death when he woke up.