Execution Scheduled

posted Jul 7, 2011, 7:01 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]
The State of Georgia set an execution date for Andrew Grant De Young. He is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

We are reaching out to his attorneys to find out how we can help and to plan clemency actions. We will be in touch as soon as we can with more info.

Wednesday, Jul. 06, 2011

Execution date set for Ga. man who killed 3

By KATE BRUMBACK - Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A Georgia death row inmate convicted of the 1993 slayings of his parents and his 14-year-old sister in suburban Atlanta is set to be executed later this month, the state Department of Corrections said Wednesday.

Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens set the execution of Andrew Grant DeYoung for July 20 at 7 p.m.

DeYoung was convicted of three counts of malice murder in October 1995.

According to evidence at his trial, DeYoung and an accomplice planned to murder his family at night so DeYoung could inherit his parents' estate and start a business. Awakened during the slayings, DeYoung's 16-year-old brother escaped and went to a neighbor's house for help. When the brother and the neighbor returned, they said they recognized DeYoung in the shadows.

DeYoung is set to be the second inmate executed in Georgia since the state changed execution drugs. The state was forced to switch after it surrendered its supply of sodium thiopental to federal officials amid an investigation into how the drug was obtained.

Georgia is one of several states that have adopted pentobarbital, which is commonly used to euthanize dogs and cats, since the sole U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental stopped making it in 2009 and dropped plans to resume production earlier this year.

Roy Willard Blankenship was put to death on June 23, the first person to be executed in Georgia since the state switched drugs.

Blankenship jerked his head several times, mumbled inaudibly and appeared to gasp for breath for several minutes after he was pumped with pentobarbital. Inmates are usually more still during a lethal injection, but medical experts are split about whether Blankenship's movements were a sign that his execution was bungled.

Georgia's prison department has stopped short of publicly launching an investigation, but has said it would work with the state attorney general's office to ensure "execution procedures are medically appropriate."

Whatever conclusions the state reaches, defense attorneys for other death row inmates have said they plan to invoke Blankenship's execution in court filings as evidence that pentobarbital could violate the ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

"We find Georgia's rush to set another warrant, in light of expert medical testimony that the only other pentobarbital execution they've done resulted in inadequate anesthesia, consciousness and pain, and in light of the drug manufacturer's repeated warnings that the drug is not to be used for lethal injection, to be craven," said Gretchen Stork, a lawyer for DeYoung.

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