Ford de­nied clemency, will be ex­e­cuted Wed­nes­day

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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

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