WASHINGTON: The southern US state of Georgia on Wednesday executed a man convicted of killing a police officer, after the state parole board denied a request for clemency.
Gregory Lawler, 63, was put to death by lethal injection at 11:49 pm (0349 GMT) at a prison in Jackson, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside Atlanta, prison authorities said.
“Lawler refused a final prayer and did not record a final statement,” the Georgia Department of Corrections said.
According to court documents, Lawler opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on two officers responding to a domestic dispute at his home in 1997, killing Officer John Sowa and seriously wounding the other officer.
On Tuesday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected a clemency petition from Lawler’s defense team that pleaded the convict was recently diagnosed with autism, which had caused him to believe the officers came to his home to harm him.