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A Georgia prisoner scheduled for execution this week has spent the last 27 years regretting the decisions that led him to kill his sister-in-law as she was on her way to work with his estranged wife, his lawyers said in a clemency application.

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Keith Leroy Tharpe, 59, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson for the September 1990 shooting death of Jacquelyn Freeman.

The death chamber at the state prison in Jackson, Ga.
Ric Feld / Associated Press

Georgia has scheduled its second execution of the year, with a man convicted of killing his sister-in-law 27 years ago set to die later this month.

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Keith Leroy Tharpe, 59, is slated to be put to death on Sept. 26 at the state prison in Jackson, Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier said in a news release Wednesday. Tharpe was convicted in the September 1990 shooting death of Jaquelyn Freeman.

Georgia Department of Corrections via AP

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles said late Tuesday that it’s delaying a clemency ruling overnight until the board finishes reviewing documents presented in a day-long hearing.

The board expects to have a decision on Steven Frederick Spears’ case by Wednesday, while his execution is scheduled for later that night.  

Spears was convicted for the 2001 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Sherri Holland, in Dalonegha, Georgia.

Spears has not filed any appeals of his own and his lawyer says Spears has refused to meet with him since a resentencing hearing last year.

Ric Feld / Associated Press

Clemency has been denied for Georgia death row inmate John Wayne Conner.

The 60-year-old is scheduled to be executed Thursday night. 

Conner was convicted of fatally beating J.T. White after a drink-and-drug-fueled night in January 1982. If the execution is not halted, Conner will be the sixth person put to death in Georgia so far this year.

That would be the most executions in the state in a single year since the death penalty was nationally reinstated in 1976.

Lawyers for Conner say he is intellectually disabled and should not be put to death.    

A clemency hearing is planned for next week for a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing a close friend of his mother.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday said the hearing for Brian Keith Terrell will be held Dec. 7, a day before he is scheduled to die.

Terrell was on parole in June 1992 when he stole 10 checks belonging to 70-year-old John Watson of Covington and signed his own name on some.