Clemency Hearing Set for Georgia Death Row Inmate

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Update: State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
July 9, 2014

Atlanta, GA – Today, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles granted clemency in the case of condemned inmate Tommy Lee Waldrip. The Parole Board commuted Waldrip’s death sentence to life without parole. The decision by the five-member board means Waldrip will spend the remainder of his life incarcerated with the Department of Corrections. He is not eligible for parole.

It is the fifth death sentence commuted by the Parole Board since 2002. The last inmate on death row in Georgia to be granted clemency was Daniel Greene. Greene’s sentence was commuted to life without parole on April 20, 2012.

Waldrip had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 10, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Waldrip was sentenced to death in 1994 following his conviction for the April 1991 murder of Keith Evans in Dawson County.

To view a photo of Tommy Lee Waldrip, go to This LINK, click on GDC Inmate Query, agree to the terms on the disclaimer page and enter the offender’s EF number, 335983.

News Release: Associated Press
July 9, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- A clemency hearing is set for Wednesday for a Georgia death row inmate convicted of murder in the slaying of a store clerk who was scheduled to testify against his son.

Tommy Lee Waldrip, who's 68, is set to die Thursday evening at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted and sentenced to death in the April 1991 slaying of 23-year-old Keith Evans in Dawson County.

Evans was a store clerk in Forsyth County and had testified in the 1990 armed robbery trial of Waldrip's son, John Mark Waldrip. The younger Waldrip was convicted, but he was granted a new trial and released on bond, according to Georgia Supreme Court records from Tommy Lee Waldrip's case. Evans was set to testify in the retrial.

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