JACKSON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Death row inmate John Wayne Conner has been put to death.

According to a news release by the Georgia Department of Corrections, Conner was executed by lethal injection at 12:29 Friday morning.

Conner, who refused a final prayer and did not record a final statement, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1982 murder of James T. White in Telfair County.

The U.S. Supreme Court re-instated the death penalty in 1976, and there have been 65  men and one woman executed in Georgia since. Conner was the 43rd inmate to die by the means of lethal injection.

ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for John Wayne Conner, according to a news release.

Conner is scheduled to be put to death at 7:00 Thursday by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA for the 1982 murder of J.T. White in Telfair County.

Conner is 60-years-old and has been on death row for 34 years, according to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The state Supreme Court denied Conner’s motion for a stay of execution and his request to appeal a July 6th ruling by the Butts County Superior Court.

That court denied his motion for a stay and rejected all his claims, which included that he is intellectually disabled, that his trial attorney rendered “ineffective assistance of counsel,” and that it is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to execute him after 34 years, according to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Justices David Nahmias and Robert Benham wrote a dissent explaining they would have granted the stay and allowed Conner to appeal on the question of whether “his execution more than 34 years after being sentenced to death would qualify as cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Conner clemency Wednesday after a meeting with his representatives.

Conner’s attorneys argued despite a tough childhood, Conner had become a model inmate and was worth more to Georgia alive than dead.

They asked for life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Conner requested a last meal of 10 pieces of fried catfish, 10 hushpuppies, two triple deluxe hamburgers with bacon, two pints of vanilla ice cream and one sliced raw onion, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections’ website.

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