• Clemency hearing set for inmate set for execution this month

    ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's parole board plans to consider clemency for an inmate scheduled to be executed later this month.

    The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday announced a Sept. 25 meeting to hear arguments for and against clemency for Keith Leroy Tharpe. His execution is scheduled for Sept. 26.

    The 59-year-old inmate was convicted in the Sept. 25, 1990 shooting death of his sister-in-law, Jaquelyn Freeman. Authorities say Tharpe stopped his estranged wife and sister-in-law as they drove to work and ordered them out of the car and then fatally shot Freeman.

    The parole board is the only authority in Georgia with power to commute a death sentence.

    Tharpe would be the second inmate executed this year in Georgia. The state executed nine inmates last year.

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