Stella Dimoko Man Who Killed His Sister In Law 27 Years Ago Was Executed Yesterday.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Man Who Killed His Sister In Law 27 Years Ago Was Executed Yesterday.

A man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago is scheduled to die Tuesday as Georgia carries out its second execution of the year.

The Associated Press This undated photo provided by Georgia Department of Corrections shows Keith Leroy Tharpe. Tharpe, who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago, is set to be executed Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. 

Keith Leroy Tharpe, known as "Bo," is set to be put to death at 7 p.m. at the state prison by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital. The 59-year-old man was convicted of murder and two counts of kidnapping in the September 1990 slaying of Jaquelyn Freeman.

Freeman was traveling to work with Tharpe's estranged wife when Tharpe blocked their vehicle with a borrowed truck, ordered them out and fatally shot Freeman.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles — the only authority in Georgia with the power to commute a death sentence — declined on Monday to spare his life.

Tharpe's last hope to stop the execution rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. His lawyers claim that the 59-year-old black man is intellectually disabled and thus ineligible for execution, and that his death sentence is tainted by a juror's racial bias.

One juror freely used a racial slur when he was interviewed by Tharpe's legal team years later, according to filings by Tharpe's lawyers. Juror Barney Gattie, who has since died, also said Freeman was from a family of "good black folks," but Tharpe wasn't in that category and should be executed for his crime, according to an affidavit.

Gattie later said his comments had been "taken all out of proportion" and "misconstrued." He testified that he voted for the death penalty because of the facts of the case, not because of Tharpe's race.

Lawyers for the state say in court filings that Tharpe's intellectual disability claim already has been reviewed and rejected by the courts. The juror racial bias claim has already been decided and is barred by evidence rules, they argue. They also say there is insufficient evidence to show that juror bias affected the trial's outcome.

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed with the state lawyers and refused to stop the execution.

Tharpe's wife left him on Aug. 28, 1990, taking their four daughters with her to live with her mother. Tharpe ignored an order not to contact his wife or her family and during an argument over the phone on Sept. 24, 1990, he said that if she wanted to "play dirty," he would show her what dirty was, a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case said.

As his wife was driving to work with her brother's wife the next morning, Tharpe used a borrowed truck to block them. He ended up shooting Freeman to death.

About three months after the killing, Tharpe was tried, convicted and sentenced to death.

In a clemency application, Tharpe's lawyers described a tough childhood and an extensive history of substance abuse that they say included getting black-out drunk by age 10 and a debilitating crack cocaine habit.

They say Tharpe feels deep remorse over Freeman's killing and has kicked his addictions during his time in prison, devoted his life to God and sought to help improve the lives of others.

Tharpe would be the second inmate executed this year by the state, and the 19th nationwide. Georgia executed nine people last year.

WOW..RIP to him...but they could have forgiven him,27 years in jail is a long time to pay already....what do i know...sad story!



  1. He who killed by the sword, would die by the sword. Why should they leave him? did he feel pity for the sister inlaw when he stopped them.

    Anyway since i read you gave your life to Christ, let it be so.

  2. He should be happy to meet God tonight then.


  3. One thing must kill a man. But I'd prefer not to know when it's time abeg.

  4. He took a life and lost his too. Rip to the innocent woman he killed 27years ago.

  5. Black out drunk at age 10?!! Wow such a sad upbringing.
    May he rest in peace

  6. They have not ohhh. He's still alive. Supreme Court but it on hold and its reviewing

  7. ThankGod he gave his life to Christ, rip

  8. Stella, he's yet to be executed; he was lucky to get a court injunction late last night, which halted his execution. His lawyer said he is intellectually disabled, and can, therefore, not be executed. The court will decide if he is indeed intellectually disabled. He will enjoy the temporary stay of execution until the court decides his fate.

    1. Please what dose the statement mean intellectually disabled biko. Lawyers and plenty terms confuse someone.

  9. Mama, you are right and though nothing can be compared to one taken another person life ...I would have preferred if he was executed immediately .Having spent
    twenty seven years behind bars I think he has suffered and to some extent has payed for his crime ....

    Chi....of .Naijarule

  10. 27 Yrs No Be Wasa O. They Shuld Av Pity Him Naa. Nd Hes A Change Man Already. Rip 2 Him Nd D Victim.


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