- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia’s parole board has scheduled a meeting to hear arguments for or against granting clemency for an inmate scheduled to be executed later this month.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles announced Wednesday that it has scheduled a May 15 clemency hearing for J.W. Ledford Jr. His execution is scheduled for May 16.

Ledford, who’s 45, was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, 73-year-old Dr. Harry Johnston, near his home in Murray County, in northwest Georgia.

The parole board is the only authority in Georgia with power to commute a death sentence.

Ledford would be the first inmate executed this year in Georgia. The state executed nine inmates last year.

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