Georgia to execute man convicted in beating death

Georgia is set to execute a death row inmate convicted of beating another man to death in 1994.

Joshua Bishop is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

The 41-year-old inmate was convicted in the June 1994 killing of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville.

Bishop, Morrison and Mark Braxley had been drinking and smoking crack on June 24, 1994. Prosecutors say Bishop tried to steal car keys from Morrison, who was sleeping, and he and Braxley beat Morrison to death when he woke up.

Bishop and Braxley dumped Morrison’s body between two trash bins and burned his Jeep.

A jury sentenced Bishop to die after a trial in 1996. Braxley pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

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