Georgia executes man for killing woman in 1996

Kenneth Fults. Image AP

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) – The Latest on Georgia’s execution of inmate Kenneth Fults (all times local):

7:37 p.m.

Georgia has executed a man who was convicted of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman during a 1996 crime spree.

Warden Bruce Chatman say Kenneth Fults was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson after Fults received an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

The 47-year-old Fults had pleaded guilty to killing his neighbor Cathy Bounds during a burglary in January 1996 and was sentenced to death by a jury.

Fults’ lawyers had said he had an extremely tough childhood and an intellectual disability that kept him from acting appropriately. They also pointed out flaws in his sentencing trial, including a juror they said was motivated by racial bias. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier Tuesday rejected a request to stay the execution.

Fults was the fourth person executed in Georgia this year.

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3:15 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request to halt the planned execution of a Georgia inmate, who had asked the justices to consider his claim that one of the jurors who imposed his death sentence was motivated by racial bias.

The nation’s highest court, in a one-sentence statement released in Washington, gave no explanation for denying the request presented by lawyers for death row inmate Kenneth Fults. The statement said the petition for a stay had been presented to Justice Clarence Thomas and was denied.

Fults was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the state prison in Jackson. The 47-year-old inmate had pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor, 19-year-old Cathy Bounds, during a burglary in January 1996, and a jury sentenced him to death.

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3:37 a.m.

Georgia is preparing to execute an inmate who shot a woman to death during a burglary in 1996.

Kenneth Fults is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. The 47-year-old inmate pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing his neighbor, 19-year-old Cathy Bounds, and a jury sentenced him to death.

Fults’ lawyers have said he had an extremely tough childhood and an intellectual disability that keeps him from acting appropriately. They also pointed out flaws in his sentencing trial, including a juror they said was motivated by racial bias and a trial attorney who slept through part of the proceedings.

Fults would be the fourth person executed in Georgia this year. Another inmate, Daniel Lucas, is scheduled to be executed on April 27.

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