Melbert Ray Ford Executed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia Department of Corrections officials say they executed convicted double-murderer Melbert Ray Ford at 7:27 p.m. Wednesday.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Ford's motion to delay the lethal injection, which took place at the state prison in Jackson.

The Georgia Supreme Court had earlier voted unanimously to deny a similar appeal.

Ford's attorney Brian Mendelsohn had argued that the death
penalty is disproportionate and amounts to cruel and unusual
punishment because he's sat on death row for more than two decades.

But state prosecutors countered the arguments were a "ruse"
and pointed to other rulings that repeatedly upheld the death

Prosecutors say the 49-year-old was seeking revenge when he
killed Martha Chapman Matich and her niece Lisa Chapman in 1986.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's top court is considering whether to
grant a last-minute reprieve to a Georgia man who is set to be
executed Wednesday after he was convicted of killing his
ex-girlfriend and her 11-year-old niece.

Melbert Ray Ford is scheduled to be executed Wednesday after he
was convicted of the 1986 killings. His attorney asked the Georgia
Supreme Court on Tuesday to review the case.

The 48-year-old was convicted of killing Martha Chapman Matich
and her niece Lisa Chapman in what prosecutors say was a revenge
killing. They say Ford began harassing her with phone calls after
the couple broke up, and that soon he was telling friends he wanted
to kill her.

If executed, he would be the 24th inmate put to death by lethal
injection in Georgia.

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