- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for an inmate scheduled to be executed next week.

The parole board said in a news release Wednesday that supporters of 60-year-old John Wayne Conner can appear before the board on July 13. Conner is set to be executed July 14 at the state prison in Jackson.

Conner was convicted of beating his friend J.T. White to death in January 1982 during an argument after a night of drinking and marijuana use.

The parole board is the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia.

Conner’s attorneys have also asked a judge to halt his execution. They say Conner is intellectually disabled and, therefore, ineligible for execution. The state counters that those arguments are procedurally barred.

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