The Latest: Georgia to execute man for beating death


ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the case of a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Lawyers for a death row inmate convicted of beating another man to death are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court after Georgia’s highest court denied their appeal.

Joshua Bishop is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon rejected an appeal and declined to halt his execution. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles also denied his clemency request Thursday.

The 41-year-old inmate was convicted in the June 1994 killing of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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.

A jury sentenced Bishop to die after a trial in 1996. Braxley pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

3:45 p.m.

Georgia’s highest court has denied an appeal filed by a death row inmate convicted of beating another man to death.

Joshua Bishop is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon rejected an appeal and declined to halt his execution.

Also Thursday, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied his clemency request.

The 41-year-old inmate was convicted in the June 1994 killing of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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.

A jury sentenced Bishop to die after a trial in 1996. Braxley pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

9:50 a.m.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for a death row inmate convicted of beating another man to death.

Joshua Bishop is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday. The parole board held a clemency hearing Wednesday and announced its decision Thursday morning.

The parole board is the only entity in Georgia that can commute a death sentence.

The 41-year-old inmate was convicted in the June 1994 killing of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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.

A jury sentenced Bishop to die after a trial in 1996. Braxley pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

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4 a.m.

Georgia is set to execute a death row inmate convicted of beating another man to death in 1994.

Joshua Bishop is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

The 41-year-old inmate was convicted in the June 1994 killing of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville.

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.

Bishop and Braxley dumped Morrison’s body between two trash bins and burned his Jeep.

A jury sentenced Bishop to die after a trial in 1996. Braxley pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.