GA to carry out first execution of 2017

Lawsuit: Execution drug will cause unconstitutional pain

Georgia death row inmate seeks execution by firing squad

During this brutal execution style, the death row inmate is shot by several trained officers simultaneously.

A man who is set to be executed tomorrow has requested a 5,000 calorie last meal after asking to be killed by firing squad instead of lethal injection. He says execution by firing squad is preferable.

Georgia in 2016 led the country with nine executions, according to the news station.

His lawyers say gabapentin alters a person's brain chemistry by making brain receptors more receptive to the drug and less receptive to other drugs, including pentobarbital.

His legal team claimed the side-effects of treatment for a chronic nerve condition he suffers from would mean the lethal injection could cause him prolonged agony. "They said its use would violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment", Reuters reported. The drug has been known to boring the effects of pentobarbital, the drug used in executions.

His request for a firing squad was denied by the court, per a BBC report.

Ledford's lawyers have also requested courts to halt the execution on the grounds that he is intellectually disabled.

There are numerous law enforcement officers who now have the necessary training to pass a proficiency test to qualify for a firing squad, they say.

Ledford's lawyers are still try to get Ledford a reprieve and have filed notice of their intent to appeal to the 11th u.s. circuit court of appeals. They had suggested using a firing squad instead, but it is not allowed under Georgia law.

Ledford's lawyers argue that death by lethal injection would subject him to "unconstitutional pain" because of a drug he's been taking for over a decade called gabapentin.

A judge dismissed his lawsuit on Friday but the lawyers say they will appeal.

He's scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday by the state of Georgia.

A few hours earlier, the state Parole Board rejected a bid for clemency for J.W.

The state also questioned the timing of Ledford's arguments.

Ledford was sentenced to die after he was convicted more than 20 years ago for the brutal murder of his neighbor, whom he had known his entire life.

On January 31, 1992, Antoinette had seen her husband driving away in his truck with a passenger she couldn't identify, according to Dalton Daily Citizen. His murder of his lifelong neighbor, Dr. Harry Buchanan, was so brutal that it left the victim's head almost decapitated, in addition to many other knife wounds.

He was later apprehended and Dr. Johnston's body was found in a small building on the couple's property.

There are now 57 men under death sentence in Georgia. Ledford's lawyers are appealing.

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