UPDATE: Convicted Jones County murderer Daniel Lucas executed
JACKSON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Convicted Jones County murderer Daniel Lucas died by lethal injection Wednesday night at 9:45.
He accepted a final prayer and recorded a statement.
JACKSON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for convicted Jones County murderer Daniel Lucas Wednesday night.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Lucas Tuesday. Lucas’ attorneys argued Lucas has changed during his time in prison and continuously tries to make amends for his crime.
Lucas is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Captain Jimmy Black from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office met with 41NBC Wednesday to recount the crime.
“It was a Thursday. April 23, 1998,” said Black.
Eleven-year-old Bryan Moss and his 15-year-old sister Kristin traveled down the same road as they did every day to get home from school.
“The initial officers contacted us, told us what was going on and essentially every investigator responded,” recalled Black.
Bryan was the first to come home.
“A triple homicide is unheard of just about anywhere. Certainly in a rural county,” said Black.
Bryan found Lucas and Brandon Rhode robbing his Griswoldville Road home.
“They had done a series of burglaries. They had actually done some other burglaries that morning. They actually burglarized the Moss house earlier, [stole] a pistol. For whatever reason, they elected to go back to the Moss house,” remembered Black.
Kristin came home next. Then the sibling’s father, Steven. Court records say Lucas shot Bryan while Rhode shot Kristin and Steven.
“The mother found them when she came home. All deceased from gun shot wounds. It’s hard to imagine the horror of Mrs. Moss coming home and finding that,” said Black.
Lucas and Rhode were arrested a few days later after Rhode’s car was linked to the crime scene.
“A small red car with a donut tire. We immediately began searching for one. We, ultimately, came up with a witness who placed such a car near the residence. We ultimately located and identified the vehicle as belonging to Brandon Rhode,” recalled Black.
Both confessed to Jones County Sheriff’s investigators.
Rhode was executed in September 2010 for the crime.
The Jones County Superior Court sentenced Lucas to death in 1999.
Lucas requested a last meal of meat pizza, a steak and cheese calzone, a stuffed portobello mushroom, a chef salad with ranch and honey mustard dressing and orange juice, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections’ website.
Black said a few people from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office are going to witness the execution, however, Sheriff Butch Reece isn’t one of them.
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