Ga. court denied execution stay to Lynd

May 6, 2008 11:08:40 AM PDT
The Georgia Supreme Court has denied William Earl Lynd's request for a stay of execution, paving the way for him to become the first inmate in the nation to face execution since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that lethal injection is constitutional. Lynd is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He was convicted of kidnapping and killing his live-in girlfriend, 26-year-old Ginger Moore, shooting her three times in the face and head nearly 20 years ago.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles also rejected Lynd's request for clemency. Lynd's lawyer, Tom Dunn, had asked Georgia's top court to grant a stay so it could consider new forensic evidence. He is expected to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.