The Latest: US Supreme Court declines to halt execution plan

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JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia man who killed two women nearly 25 years ago (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Georgia has executed a man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago.

The Georgia attorney general’s office said in a statement that 52-year-old Scotty Garnell Morrow was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Thursday following an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson.

Morrow was convicted of fatally shooting ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s home in Gainesville in December 1994. Prosecutors said at trial that Morrow shot the two women and another woman when they turned him away as he tried to get Young to take him back. The third woman survived.

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Lawyers for Morrow argued he shouldn’t have been given the death penalty. They said he snapped because of lingering trauma from abuse suffered as a child.

Morrow was put to death shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute bid to block the execution.

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9 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request to block the execution of a Georgia man convicted of the 1994 killings of his ex-girlfriend and another woman.

In a brief statement, the nation’s highest court gave no explanation for denying the request by attorneys for inmate Scotty Garnell Morrow.

Morrow was scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994.

Morrow’s lawyers had filed a late-request to the U.S. Supreme Court requesting a stay with questions about the constitutionality of Morrow’s death sentence. Earlier Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that had rejected Morrow’s challenge to his death sentence.

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6:35 p.m.

A Georgia man convicted of the 1994 killings of his ex-girlfriend and another woman has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the inmate’s scheduled execution.

Scotty Garnell Morrow was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson. Morrow was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994.

As the planned execution time neared, Morrow’s lawyers filed a petition to the nation’s high court requesting a stay. It raised questions about the constitutionality of Morrow’s death sentence. Earlier Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that had rejected Morrow’s challenge to his death sentence.

There was no immediate response by the Supreme Court in Washington minutes before 7 p.m.

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4:20 p.m.

Georgia’s highest court has declined to halt an execution scheduled for Thursday evening.

Scotty Garnell Morrow is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

Morrow was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994.

The Georgia Supreme Court declined Thursday afternoon to delay execution plans. The high court also declined to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that had rejected Morrow’s challenge to his death sentence.

Authorities have said Morrow went to the home to try to win Young back and shot the women when they told him to leave. A third woman also was shot, but survived.

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7 a.m.

A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago is set to be executed in Georgia.

Scotty Garnell Morrow is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson.

Morrow was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994.

Authorities have said Morrow went to the home to try to win Young back and shot the women when they told him to leave. A third woman also was shot but survived.

Morrow’s lawyers have said lingering effects of childhood abuse caused him to snap and that his sentence was disproportionate, given the spontaneous and emotional nature of his crime.

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