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(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

UPDATE: 10:28 p.m.

The Georgia attorney general’s office said in a statement that 52-year-old Scotty Garnell Morrow was pronounced dead at 9:38 p.m. Thursday following an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson.

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago is scheduled to be executed Thursday in Georgia.

Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young’s Gainesville home in December 1994. A third woman also was shot but survived.

Morrow and Young had been dating for about six months when she broke up with him in December 1994 because he had become abusive, a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case says. He went to her house that Dec. 29 to try to win her back.

Young was in her kitchen with two of her children and two friends when Morrow arrived. The pair argued and Woods told Morrow to leave, saying Young didn’t want to be with him anymore. Morrow yelled at Woods to be quiet, pulled a handgun from his waistband and began shooting.

He shot Woods in the abdomen, severing her spine, the summary says. He also shot Young’s other friend, LaToya Horne, in the arm.

Young fled the kitchen and Morrow followed her to her bedroom, where he beat her and then followed her back into the hall, grabbed her by the hair and fatally shot her in the head, the summary says. Young’s 5-year-old son, hiding in a nearby bedroom, saw Morrow shoot his mother.

Morrow then returned to the kitchen, fired a fatal shot under Woods’ chin and shot Horne in the face and arm before leaving the home. Young and Woods died of their injuries. Horne was severely wounded. Arrested within hours, Morrow confessed to shooting the women.

Morrow’s attorneys have argued he was beaten and raped as a child and that lingering effects from that abuse have left him unable to properly process and express his emotions. When Woods told him that Young had just been using him for money and companionship while her “real man” was in prison, he snapped, his lawyers have said.

Morrow was convicted on two counts of malice murder, among other charges, in June 1999. A state court overturned his death sentence in February 2011, finding that his trial lawyers didn’t do enough to investigate and present mitigating evidence during the sentencing phase of trial. But the Georgia Supreme Court reinstated the death sentence later that year.

His standard state and federal appeals were exhausted in February when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his case.

In a clemency petition, Morrow’s attorneys had asked the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare his life. The board rejected that request after a closed-door hearing Wednesday. The parole board is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence.

Morrow’s lawyers had described him in the petition as rehabilitated and a model prisoner on death row, a mentor to other prisoners and a help to guards. They said he feels great remorse for the pain and loss he caused the Woods and Young families.

Morrow’s attorneys also filed a petition in a state court saying his death sentence was unconstitutional because it was improperly imposed. Lawyers for the state argued those claims had already been considered and rejected by courts.

A judge agreed with the state and dismissed the order, and Morrow’s lawyers appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Morrow would be the first person executed in Georgia this year and the fifth executed nationwide. The state’s execution protocol calls for a lethal injection of the sedative pentobarbital.

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9 thoughts on “Georgia Executes Man Who Killed 2 Women In 1994

  1. I am sure that child. Can’t see his mother now that his attorney said he had s bad life he still had no right to kill them women we may all have a horrible childhood but that’s no reason to kill he had time to think sorry for his childhood but no reason to chase women and brutally kill them.

  2. jose on said:

    hang out this son of….
    ᴍʏ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴘᴀʏᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ᴡᴀs ғᴏʀ 𝟷𝟷𝟶𝟶𝟶 ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀs… ᴀʟʟ ɪ ᴅɪᴅ ᴡᴀs sɪᴍᴘʟᴇ ᴏɴʟɪɴᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴄᴏᴍғᴏʀᴛ ᴀᴛ ʜᴏᴍᴇ ғᴏʀ 𝟹-𝟺 ʜᴏᴜʀs/ᴅᴀʏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪ ɢᴏᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜɪs ᴀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ɪ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴘᴀɪᴅ ᴍᴇ ғᴏʀ ɪᴛ 𝟿𝟻 ʙᴜᴄᴋs ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ʜᴏᴜʀ… ᴛʀʏ ɪᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀsᴇʟғ . See More

  3. Phoenix Rising on said:

    This is what I call an angry black man. So sad that these women had to die such a horrible death, and that children were thrown into the chaos. I hope they have since recovered over the many years. However, ladies, this is what happens when you play with fire. They were only dating six months, and he was hooked. When a man gets caught up in his feelings about you, there is probably nothing he wouldn’t do for you. But when he finds out that you have been using him, taking his money, and making a fool of him, especially, if you have a significant other, it will not end very well. As in this case. She was probably sending his money to her man in prison, which made her not a nice woman, and Ms. Woods didn’t help matters. This is probably what set him off. So, to be on the safe side, please don’t be with a man unless you really want to be with him, don’t use him as a fill-in in the absence of your significant other. And please don’t keep taking his cash to give to someone else. People are crazy, and with the sh*t going on in the world today, why would you want to chance it. At the end of a tragedy, many people always say, “I never thought he/she would…. or he/she didn’t seem like the type.” You just never know, so why put your life at risk for some materialistic sh*t and a few hundred dollars.

    • Since the dead are not hear to define of deny the allegations, your statement is all speculation. Even if it were true, he took two lives and he had been given 25 more years of living then they had. I believe he is going to get exactly what he deserves. It shouldn’t have taken 25 years to get to this conclusion, especially when there is positive proof.

  4. Rosa Johnson on said:

    he committed cold-bloodied murder…in front of a child. 25 years ago. and he has changed. . However the dead wont get their lives back.

  5. Ted Gravely on said:

    Now if this was just based on blue racist testimony, I wouldn’t believe it. However, it’s without questioned that he murdered those women. Now The Most High will forgive him if he repents, but man demands his life. Gotta go, gotta go. Just an aside – if that woman rubbed in his face that she was using him and waiting for her “real” man, she didn’t deserve to die; however, she stoked the flame. She rubbed his inadequacies in his face. She went out like a gold digging ho and he’s going out like a chump. My people.

    • Dee on said:

      You sound just like a idiot. How would you know what had been said. This man killed two women and tried to kill a third. Instead of walking away he choose murder, and above that he did it in front of a child. I can only imagine the trauma He put that child trough. He deserves to die. How dare you blame the women for this. Good he has repented and found peace, before he dies. Now he needs to pay the price for what he did, if he is truly remorseful, he should be ready.

      • African American Woman on said:

        Ted is either truly sick or just attention seeking because all of his posts are as asinine as this one. This man isn’t sorry for what he’s done; this man is sorry that he’s being held responsible for what he’s done. He came over to the house to either get his way or, if not, kill the source of his humiliation. He executed and attempted to execute these women and cared nothing about the poor child who witnessed this. This animal deserves to be put down.

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