Ford denied clemency, will be executed Wednesday
since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1973. If executed, Ford will be the 24th inmate put to death by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. He is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Ford was sentenced to death for the 1986 murders of Martha Chapman Matich and her 11-yearold niece Lisa Chapman. He was additionally convicted of armed robbery, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
According to a press release from the board, “After Ford’s relationship with Martha Matich ended, he began harassing her by telephone. Two weeks prior to her death, Ford told a friend that he ‘was going to blow her ... brains out.’ The day before her death, he unsuccessfully tried to convince a friend to drive him to the convenience store where Ms. Matich worked. Ford told a friend that he planned to rob the store and work