Board to consider clemency for inmate set for execution

Georgia’s parole board plans to consider clemency for an inmate scheduled for execution.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has a meeting scheduled Monday to hear arguments for and against clemency for Keith Leroy Tharpe, who’s set to be put to death Tuesday.

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.

In a clemency application, Tharpe’s lawyers outlined Tharpe’s rough childhood, struggles with substance abuse and his remorse over the killing.

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