US state of Georgia executes cop killer

The state of Georgia on Wednesday executed a man who opened fire on Atlanta police in 1997, killing one officer and critically wounding another after they had given his intoxicated girlfriend a ride home.

US state of Georgia executes cop killer

World Bulletin / News Desk

The southern US state of Georgia on Wednesday executed a man convicted of killing a police officer, after the state parole board denied a request for clemency.

Gregory Lawler, 63, was put to death by lethal injection at 11:49 pm (0349 GMT) at a prison in Jackson, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside Atlanta, prison authorities said.

"Lawler refused a final prayer and did not record a final statement," the Georgia Department of Corrections said.

According to court documents, Lawler opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on two officers responding to a domestic dispute at his home in 1997, killing Officer John Sowa and seriously wounding the other officer.

On Tuesday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected a clemency petition from Lawler's defense team. 

They had argued his life should be spared because he was recently diagnosed with autism, which had caused him to believe the officers came to his home to harm him.

The pace of executions is declining in the United States, due to a combination of factors including a shortage of the drugs used to carry out lethal injections.

He was the seventh inmate put to death by Georgia this year, and the 67th in the state since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

 

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