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Georgia Executes Black Prisoner Despite Claims of Disability, Juror’s Bias

HeadlineApr 13, 2016

Georgia has executed an African-American man despite reports of possible racial bias in the case. Kenneth Fults pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing his 19-year-old neighbor, Cathy Bounds. His lawyers sought clemency for Fults, saying he had an intellectual disability. Attorneys said his trial lawyer failed to tell jurors about his disability and slept through parts of the sentencing. One of the jurors who voted for Fults’ execution later used a racial slur to describe him. The juror told an investigator, “Once he pled guilty, I knew I would vote for the death penalty because that’s what that (N-word) deserved.” Fults’ clemency petition was rejected, and he died by lethal injection at 7:37 p.m. on Tuesday.

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