The U.S. Supreme Court at 7:30 p.m. denied a stay of execution for Travis Hittson a Georgia resident and a former Navy crewman.

Hittson was scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m., but the execution was delayed while the courts decided whether or not it should be stopped.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution, after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that his request for a pardon lacked merit.

Hittson was executed after accepting a final prayer and recording a final statement, said AJC. On the day of his death, Hittson met with two relatives, four friends and several members of his legal team.

The 45-year-old was sentenced to death on April 5, 1992 for the murder of Conway Utterbeck. Hittson killed Utterbeck after his petty officer, Edward Vollmer, told him that Utterbeck was planning to kill him. He shot Utterbeck in the head and, along with Vollmer, dismembered his body.

Hittson's attorneys had sought clemency, arguing that Hittson was very remorseful and had been manipulated by Vollmer to kill Utterbeck.

Vollmer, who reached a plea deal with prosecutors, is serving a life sentence for the killing.

However a judge in Butts County on Tuesday rejected those arguments and the execution went forward and Travis Hittson was pronounced dead at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday following a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson.

h/t: Opposing Views




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