Georgia high court declines to hear condemned man’s appeal

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Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a man on death row whose life the high court temporarily spared last week.

Ray Jefferson Cromartie is now scheduled for a lethal injection on Nov. 13. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to die for the April 1994 slaying of convenience store clerk Richard Slysz in Thomasville, just inside Georgia’s southern border.

Cromartie was initially scheduled to die Oct. 30. But the Supreme Court temporarily stopped it, saying it appeared the execution order was void.

The state conceded the order was void. A new execution order was filed Friday.

The high court on Tuesday declined to stop next week’s execution or to hear an appeal claiming Cromartie’s trial lawyers were ineffective.

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