Board Rejects Death Row Inmate's Bid for Clemency

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state pardons board has rejected a bid for
clemency for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to die this
month for the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles dismissed the request
from Roy Willard Blankenship to postpone his June 23 execution
date.

Blankenship would be the first person put to death in Georgia
using a new three-drug execution combination. A switch was needed
after the state surrendered its supply of the sedative sodium
thiopental to federal regulators amid questions about how it was
obtained.

He was convicted of the murder of 78-year-old Sarah Mims Bowen,
who died of heart failure after she was raped in her Savannah
apartment.


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