Execution date set for Ga. man convicted in 1992 murder of Newton County man

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ATLANTA — A Georgia death-row inmate convicted in the 1992 slaying of a Newton County man is scheduled to be executed in early March.

The execution of Brian Keith Terrell, 46, is scheduled for March 10, the Georgia Attorney General's office said in a statement Friday.

Terrell was on parole when he stole 10 checks belonging to John Watson, 77, of Covington in June 1992 and signed his own name on some of them, prosecutors said. Watson was a friend of Terrell's mother, and he and Terrell were also acquaintances.

Watson told Terrell's mother and sheriff's officials about the theft and agreed not to press charges if most of the stolen money was returned. Prosecutors have said Terrell shot Watson multiple times as he left his house for a dialysis appointment.

Terrell later dragged Watson to a secluded area and severely beat him. Bones in Watson's jaw, nose, cheek, forehead and eye socket were broken during the attack and some of Watson's teeth were knocked out. Authorities have said a piece of splintered bone also penetrated Watson's brain during the beating. Authorities have said Terrell took his son to the zoo after the attack and disposed of the gun he shot Watson with there.

A search began at Watson's home after he missed his dialysis appointment and Terrell was indicted on charges of malice murder and 10 counts of forgery.

Terrell's first trial ended in a mistrial. He was conviction and sentenced to death in a second trial, but the conviction was overturned because of an error during jury selection. Terrell was tried again in Walton County after a change of venue from Newton County in 2001 and was sentenced to death.

Terrell is the fourth Georgia inmate to be scheduled for execution in 2015.

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