A man convicted of murdering a 70-year-old man more than two decades ago is set to be executed Dec. 8, state officials said.
Brian Keith Terrell was convicted in 2001 for the 1992 robbery and murder of John Henry Watson, a close friend of Terrell’s mother. If executed, Terrell will be the 37th inmate in Georgia put to death by lethal injection and the fifth in 2015.
Terrell’s first trial ended in a mistrial. He was convicted in a second trial, but the Georgia Supreme Court overturned that verdict because of an error in jury selection, according to published reports.
Following a third trial, a Walton County jury on Feb. 6, 2001, convicted Terrell of malice murder and 10 counts of first degree forgery. He was subsequently sentenced to death.
The state habeas corpus court on July 17, 2008, granted Terrell relief on his death sentence. However, the state appealed, and the Georgia Supreme Court on June 1, 2009, reversed the habeas corpus court’s order and reinstated the death sentence.
The announcement of Terrell’s execution date came shortly after the state executed another man for the March 24, 1994, killing of a woman he met in a bar.
Marcus Ray Johnson was convicted in April 1998 of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated battery in the slaying of Angela Sizemore. According to prosecutors, investigators found Sizemore’s blood on the leather jacket Johnson was wearing, and a pocket knife Johnson had was consistent with knife wounds police found on Sizemore’s body.
Previous executions in Georgia this year are Andrew Howard Brannan on Jan. 13, Warren Lee Hill Jr. on Jan. 27, Kelly Renee Gissendaner on Sept. 30 and Marcus Ray Johnson on Nov. 19.