Georgia executes man convicted of killing comfort retailer clerk

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(Information) – The state of Georgia executed on Wednesday a person convicted of capital homicide for the 1994 capturing demise of a comfort retailer clerk throughout a bungled theft during which he and two accomplices received away with a case of beer.

FILE PHOTO: Ray Cromartie, convicted of capturing and killing a comfort retailer clerk greater than 20 years in the past, is seen on this undated handout picture taken at an unknown location. Georgia Division of Corrections/Handout by way of Information/

Ray Cromartie, 52, who has lengthy denied that he pulled the set off within the killing, was executed by deadly injection at 10:59 p.m. EST on the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Jail in Jackson, the state’s division of corrections mentioned.

Cromartie maintained his innocence till the top. He didn’t make a ultimate assertion however accepted a ultimate prayer, officers mentioned.

He was sentenced to demise in 1997 for the slaying of Richard Slysz, a cashier on the Junior Meals Retailer held up at gunpoint and shot twice within the head within the city of Thomasville by Cromartie and one other man, Corey Clark, on April 10, 1994.

The 2 robbers did not get the shop’s money register open however Cromartie grabbed two 12-packs of Budweiser beer and so they fled the scene, based on court docket data.

Cromartie was arrested three days later. He was convicted largely on testimony from Clark and a second co-defendant, getaway driver Thaddeus Lucas, in addition to two different associates, who claimed Cromartie admitted to capturing the clerk, based on court docket paperwork within the case.

Clark and Lucas pleaded responsible to lesser fees.

Cromartie’s execution was carried out shortly after the U.S. Supreme Courtroom denied an 11th-hour software for a keep based mostly on new proof that his legal professionals mentioned had come to gentle concerning the id of the killer.

The enchantment cited a sworn affidavit that protection legal professionals obtained from Lucas earlier this month saying he had overheard Clark confess years in the past to committing the capturing, not Cromartie.

The petition, during which Lucas claimed he belatedly got here ahead after studying concerning the case within the information and feeling “offended as a result of the story shouldn’t be the reality of what actually occurred,” was rejected by the excessive court docket with out remark.

The state’s lawyer normal workplace mentioned it will not touch upon the case.

Cromartie’s lawyer, Shawn Nolan, decried the execution in a late-night assertion.

“It’s so unhappy and admittedly outrageous that the state of Georgia executed Ray Cromartie tonight after repeatedly denying his requests for DNA testing that will have confirmed he didn’t kill Richard Slysz,” Nolan mentioned.

Cromartie grew to become the 20th inmate in the US and the third in Georgia to be executed in 2019, based on the Loss of life Penalty Info Middle.

Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; extra reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Modifying by Peter Cooney and Rosalba O’Brien