Georgia set to execute man for 1982 killing of a friend

FILE - Georgia death row inmate John Wayne Conner is shown in this undated prison photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections. Georgia is preparing to break its own record for the most executions in a calendar year since the death penalty was reinstated 40 years ago. Conner is set to be executed Thursday July 14, 2016 for the killing of a friend after a night of drinking and marijuana use. Conner would be the sixth inmate executed this year by the state. Georgia executed five inmates last year and in 1987 (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia plans to execute a man convicted of killing a friend after a night of partying more than three decades ago.

John Wayne Conner is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. The inmate, who is now 60, was convicted of fatally beating his friend J.T. White during an argument after a night of drinking and marijuana use in January 1982.

If carried out, the execution would be the sixth in Georgia this year and the most in a calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated nationwide in 1976. Georgia executed five inmates last year and in 1987.

Conner’s lawyers have argued that the inmate is intellectually disabled and, therefore, shouldn’t be executed.

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