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Dec. 9 execution date set for inmate convicted in slaying of Georgia sheriff's deputy

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ATLANTA — A Georgia inmate convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy following a convenience store robbery is set to be executed next month.

Robert Wayne Holsey is to be put to death at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens' office said in a news release Thursday. A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey of killing Baldwin County sheriff's deputy Will Robinson.

Holsey robbed a Milledgeville convenience store shortly early on Dec. 17, 1995, and the clerk called police right after he left and gave a description of the robber and his car.

Robinson stopped a red Ford Probe at a nearby hotel minutes later and radioed in the license plate number. As Robinson approached the vehicle, Holsey fired at him, prosecutors said. The deputy suffered a fatal head wound.

Holsey fled the scene but sheriff's deputies found him at his sister's house and arrested him a short time later.

An order filed in Morgan County Superior Court Thursday set a seven-day execution window beginning Dec. 9 and ending Dec. 16.

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