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Georgia executes man for beating friend to death in 1982

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 1:31am

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia on Friday executed its sixth inmate this year, the most in any calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago.

John Wayne Conner, 60, was put to death for beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying in January 1982. Warden Eric Sellers told witnesses the time of death was 12:29 a.m.

Conner didn't make a final statement and declined to have a prayer said for him.

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Bus tour expected to highlight needs in south Augusta

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:59pm

South Augusta will again be in the spotlight next week when Mayor Hardie Davis takes the Augusta Commission on a bus tour of it.

Davis’ office hasn’t responded to inquiries about the tour, but the area is the target of a recently revived push to create a South Augusta Development Authority to improve development there.

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