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Georgia Supreme Court temporarily halts execution of man convicted in convenience store clerk's killing

Posted at 11:34 AM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 11:39:17-04

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court has temporarily halted an execution that was scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Ray Jefferson Cromartie faces a lethal injection for the April 1994 slaying of Richard Slysz at a convenience store in Thomasville.

The Georgia Supreme Court has temporarily stayed the execution to resolve whether the execution order is void because a trial court judge filed it while Cromartie still had an appeal pending with the Supreme Court.

The high court asked lawyers for the state and for Cromartie to file briefs on the issue by Monday.