- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Clemency has been denied for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to be executed this week.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Andrew Howard Brannan on Monday. Brannan is set to die Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

Brannan, who’s 66, was convicted in the January 1998 slaying of 22-year-old Laurens County sheriff’s deputy Kyle Dinkheller. Authorities say Brannan shot Dinkheller multiple times during a traffic stop.

Brannan’s lawyers have argued that he suffers from mental illness that can be traced directly to his military service in Vietnam and should be spared execution.

The Parole Board is the only entity in Georgia with the authority to reduce a death sentence to life without parole.

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