ATLANTA — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Keith Leroy Tharpe in Georgia (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

The Georgia Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a prisoner convicted of killing his sister-in-law 27 years ago.

In a 6-3 vote, the state’s high court turned down a request from Keith Leroy Tharpe, who is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. The court also turned down his request to appeal a lower court ruling against him. He has another appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jackson was sentenced to die for the September 1990 slaying of Jacquelyn Freeman.

Tharpe’s lawyers say his death sentence was tainted by a juror’s racial bias. Lawyers for the state have argued there’s no evidence race affected jury deliberations.

Tharpe would be the second inmate executed in Georgia this year. The state executed nine inmates last year.


3:30 a.m.

A Georgia man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago is set to be executed Tuesday.

Keith Leroy Tharpe, known to friends and family as Bo, is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson for the September 1990 slaying of Jacquelyn Freeman.

Tharpe stopped his estranged wife and sister-in-law as they drove to work and ordered them out of the car and then fatally shot Freeman.

Tharpe’s lawyers have asked the courts to stop the execution, saying his death sentence is tainted by a juror’s racial bias. Lawyers for the state have argued there’s no evidence race affected jury deliberations.

Tharpe would be the second inmate executed in Georgia this year. The state executed nine inmates last year.