Just hours after sparing Jimmy Meders, the state of Georgia announced that Donnie Lance is scheduled to be executed at 7 PM on January 29th, 2019.
About Erik Wilkinson
Erik Wilkinson was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on February 4th, 2017. He is assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Atlanta. He has been active in the anti-death penalty movement for many years, having served as a board member for the statewide coalition Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He currently serves on the Archdiocesan death penalty task force where he is found teaching and participating in actions across north Georgia supporting a consistent ethic of life.
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Six hours shy of his execution, Jimmy Meders was granted clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. His sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In a recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, 56% of Georgia voters favor replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole.
The State of Georgia has scheduled the execution of Jimmy Meders for January 16th, 2020 at 7 PM. If carried out, this would be the first person put to death in Georgia this year. Please plan to attend a vigil.
The State of Georgia has scheduled the execution of Marion Wilson for June 20th, 2019 at 7 PM. Please consider joining a vigil listed here.
The New Hampshire State Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of a death penalty repeal bill today. This allows the repeal to become law and makes New Hampshire the 21st state to abolish capital punishment in the United States.
Speaking words of contrition, Scotty Morrow became the first Georgian to be executed this year on Thursday May, 2nd. Scotty had been sentenced to die for the murders of Barbara Young and Tonya Woods in 1994. Mr. Morrow expressed remorse, and apologized to the Young and Woods family as his final act.
An execution date of May 2nd has been set for Scotty Morrow. This would be the first execution of the year. Georgia last executed someone on May 4th, 2018. We will send more updates and action items as we learn more.
On Thursday, March 28th, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced House Bill 702 which, if enacted, would abolish the death penalty in Georgia.
The Vatican announced that a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church would be updated in light of Pope Francis’ developed teaching that the death penalty is inadmissible in all cases “because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”
Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty (GACADP) exists to promote a spirituality of respect for life that encompasses victims of violent crime as well as those at risk of execution for capital offenses.