U.S. Supreme Court issues temporary stay of execution for man sentenced in Jones County in 1991

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare stay of execution for death row inmate Keith Leroy Tharpe a few minutes before 10 p.m. Sept. 26.

Tharpe was scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. but Georgia Department of Corrections officials were waiting for the last minute appeals of Tharpe's attorneys to carry out the sentence.

Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Greg Dozier made the announcement of the temporary stay of execution to members of the media about 10:45 p.m. at Jackson State Prison.

Jones County Superior Court ordered the execution to take place on a date between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. If the execution does not take place during that time period, another order would have to be issued.

Tharpe was convicted by a Jones County jury and sentenced to death Jan. 10, 1991, for the 1990 murder of Jacquelin Freeman.

Read this week's newspaper for more case details.


The Jones County News

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