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Death row inmate Andrew Cook denied stay

11:47 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
Andrew Allen Cook (Courtesy Georgia Department of Corrections)
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ATLANTA -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Andrew Allen Cook.

Cook was set to be executed Thursday at 7 p.m. by lethal injection, but the execution was delayed while the high court weighed in on Cook's last-minute appeal. Earlier, the Georgia Supreme Court had voted unanimously to deny a stay of execution and denied his request to appeal a lower court's decision.

Thursday, Georgia's high court looked into the fact that both Cook and fellow death row inmate Warren Lee Hill filed motions for stays related to the drug.

After debating, the Supreme Court voted unanimously to dismiss both Cook's stay and Hill's stay related to the prescription drug. They are still debating a stay related to Hill's mental health.

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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Cook Wednesday. He had asked the board to commute his sentence to life in prison without parole.

He was convicted in 1998 of the January 1995 murders of Grant Patrick Hendrickson and Michele Lee Cartagena in Monroe County. He was sentenced to death.

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