UPDATE: State carries out execution of Robert Wayne Holsey
UPDATE 11:08PM 12/9/14
The Georgia Department of Corrections says the lawfully ordered execution of Robert Wayne Holsey was carried out at approximately 10:51 p.m. Tuesday, almost four hours after it was scheduled. Officials say Holsey accepted a prayer and made a final statement. He apologized, asked for forgiveness, and took full responsibility for his actions.
UPDATE 10:40PM 12/9/14
According to a Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman, the execution of Robert Wayne Holsey is underway.
UPDATES 9:15PM 12/9/14
According to a Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman, Holsey’s execution is still on stand-by. Holsey denied to take a sedative.
UPDATED 8:45PM 12/9/14
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition to stay the execution of Robert Wayne Holsey.
UPDATED 7:30PM 12/9/14
According to a Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman, Holsey’s execution is on stand-by. Officials are waiting on a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.
A crowd of demonstrators gathered in front of the Macon-Bibb Government Center to protest Holsey’s execution.
ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Georgia’s highest court denied the request to stop the execution of a man convicted of killing a Baldwin County sheriff’s deputy.
In a five to two ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia denied a stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey. Holsey is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said there was a flurry of last minute appeals happening before the execution was scheduled to begin.
“They’re filing in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, that’s a federal court,” Bright said. He adds Holsey’s attorneys also asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of execution. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the request around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
“This case has been litigated thoroughly throughout every court in the land. It’s been thoroughly vetted in all the courts. It’s time for justice to be carried out,” Bright said.
Holsey’s lawyers argued that he was intellectually disabled and shouldn’t be executed. They say his trial lawyer failed to tell the jury about that disability and other evidence that could have spared him the death penalty.
Holsey was convicted for killing Baldwin County Sheriff Deputy Will Robinson in December 1995 shortly after Holsey held up a convenience store in Milledgeville.
Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee said the sheriff’s office has been following the case since the beginning. He adds both he and Deputy Robinson’s family are ready to receive closure.
“19 years…[it’s] been a long time. We’ve had hundreds of people that have supported the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Will Robinson, so we just hope that everything takes it’s course,” Sheriff Massee said.
Protesters gathered outside of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classifications Prison Tuesday night to voice their opinions against the death penalty.
“I’m a good friend of the Holsey family and the mother’s a praying mother. I know right now they’re asking God to give them strength to get through this. I will pray that this execution be stopped,” protester Michael Hightower said.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied his request for clemency Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.