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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.

Georgia on Friday executed its sixth inmate this year, the most in any calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago.

John Wayne Conner, 60, was put to death for beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying in January 1982. Warden Eric Sellers told witnesses the time of death was 12:29 a.m.

Conner didn't make a final statement and declined to have a prayer said for him.

Georgia is preparing to execute a man Wednesday who killed a trucking company owner and his two children in 1998.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is scheduled to die by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

Lucas, 37, was sentenced to death for the April 1998 killings of 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon.

Kenneth Fults is scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. The 47-year-old was sentenced to death after he pleaded guilty to killing his 19-year-old neighbor, Cathy Bounds, in 1996.  The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Fults on Monday. Fults' attorneys had said their client had a rough childhood and a mental disability. They also claimed there were issues in Fults' sentencing trial, which they said included a lawyer who fell asleep during the proceedings. Fults will be the fourth person to be executed in Georgia in 2016. 

A Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week was neglected and mistreated as a child and has substantial intellectual impairments that have affected his ability to act appropriately, his lawyers wrote in a clemency petition.

Kenneth Fults, 47, is set to be put to death Tuesday by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. His lawyers and supporters planned to ask the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare his life during a clemency hearing Monday. The parole board is the only entity that can commute a death sentence in Georgia.

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