Ge­or­gia pre­pares for ex­e­cu­tion

Ac­cused has served on death row for 33 years

The Covington News - - Local news -

AT­LANTA — Ge­or­gia au­thor­i­ties on Tues­day pre­pared to ex­e­cute the state’s long­est-serv­ing death row in­mate for the mur­der of his wife.

The in­mate, 57-year-old Jack Al­der­man, has been on death row for 33 years, and was sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted by lethal in­jec­tion at 7 p.m. at the Ge­or­gia Di­ag­nos­tic and Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Prison in Jack­son.

The Ge­or­gia Supreme Court de­nied his re­quest for a stay Tues­day af­ter­noon, and the U.S. Supreme Court turned him down a few hours later.

Al­der­man was sen­tenced to death for killing his wife, Bar­bara, in 1974.

He and an ac­com­plice beat her with a cres­cent wrench, choked her and left her sub­merged in wa­ter in a bath­tub at their Chatham County home. The men then vis­ited two Sa­van­nah bars be­fore dump­ing her body in a creek near her fam­ily’s home in Rin­con. Pros­e­cu­tors said they wanted to col­lect $20,000 in life in­sur­ance money.

On Tues­day, the Ge­or­gia Board of Pardons and Paroles re­jected Al­der­man’s bid for clemency for the sec­ond time. Al­der­man’s fa­ther was among those who asked the five-mem­ber panel to spare his life.

His sup­port­ers ar­gue that Al­der­man has been a model pris­oner and men­tor in his more than three decades be­hind bars. They have also noted that his ac­com­plice, John Arthur Brown, was paroled af­ter just 12 years in prison.

“They were treated very dif­fer­ently,” Al­der­man’s lawyer Michael Siem said.

But David Lock, an as­sis­tant district at­tor­ney in Chatham County, said Al­der­man in­sti­gated the crime.

“He was more cul­pa­ble, without him, the crime would not have taken place,” Lock said.

Al­der­man was just a day away from ex­e­cu­tion last Oc­to­ber when Ge­or­gia’s top court is­sued a stay to give the U.S. Supreme Court time to act on a con­sti­tu­tional chal­lenge to lethal in­jec­tion.

Ear­lier this year, the jus­tices cleared the way for ex­e­cu­tions to re­sume when they ruled lethal in­jec­tion does not amount to cruel and un­usual pu­n­ish­ment.

As­the case has slow­ly­wound its way through the lengthy ap­peals process, the de­lay has been ag­o­niz­ing for Bar­bara Al­der­man’s sis­ter, Rheta Braddy. She said her mother has died while Al­der­man has been on death row and that her brother-in-law has waited long enough to pay for his crime.

“It is time for Bar­bara to have some jus­tice,” Braddy said.

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