Execution scheduled for man convicted of murdering Baldwin County Deputy

MORGAN COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Robert Wayne Holsey is scheduled to be executed on December 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. for the murder of Deputy Will Robinson, according to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office.

A news release from the Attorney General’s Office explains the Superior Court of Morgan County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution may occur on November 20th. 

Holsey has finished his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. 

Holsey shot and killed Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Robinson on December 17, 1995.

The Georgia Supreme Court explains Holsey entered the Jet Food Store in Milledgeville with a gun and demanded money. After robbing the store, he left the store. The store clerk saw Holsey get into a red automobile and reported it to the police.

Shortly after, Deputy Robinson stopped the car and approached the vehicle. Holey fired his gun. Forensic evidence shows the deputy suffered a fatal head wound.

Holsey was indicted in the Superior Court of Baldwin County on January 8, 1996 for malice murder, felony murder and armed robbery. On February 11, 1997, a jury found him guilty on all county. The jury recommended a death sentence on February 13, 1997. Holsey filed a motion for new trial. It was denied.

The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed Holsey’s convictions and death sentence on December 2, 1999. The United States Supreme Court denied Holsey’s request to appeal on June 19, 2000. 

Holsey then filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the Superior Court of Butts County in October of 2000. Evidentiary hearings were held in June and December of 2003. In May of 2006, the state habeas corpus court entered an order granting Holsey relief to his death sentence stating he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. The state habeas corpus court denied Holsey relief to his convictions. The State appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court which unanimously reversed the habeas corpus court’s order. This reinstated Holsey’s death sentence in February of 2007, according to the Georgia District Attorney’s Office.

Holsey filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia on November 21, 2001. In July of 2009, the district court denied him federal habeas corpus relief.

Holsey’s case was appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009. The case was argued before the 11th Circuit on February 13, 2012. On September 13, 2012, the 11th Circuit denied relief.

Holsey requested to appeal to the Unites States Supreme Court. It was denied June 10, 2013. 

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