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Georgia set to execute man who killed sheriff's deputy after a convenience store robbery

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JACKSON, Georgia — A Georgia death row inmate who killed a sheriff's deputy is set to be executed.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition to stay the execution of Robert Wayne Holsey.

A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey of killing Baldwin County sheriff's deputy Will Robinson.

Holsey robbed a convenience store early Dec. 17, 1995. Robinson pulled Holsey over minutes later. Authorities say Holsey shot Robinson as he approached the vehicle.

Lawyers for Holsey argue that he's intellectually disabled and shouldn't be executed. They say his trial lawyer failed to tell the jury about that disability and other evidence that could have spared him the death penalty.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a clemency request and the Georgia Supreme Court also declined to halt his execution.

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PHOTO: This undated file photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Robert Wayne Holsey. Holsey is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, Dec. 9. A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey of killing Baldwin County sheriff's deputy Will Robinson. Holsey's lawyers say he shouldn't be executed because his trial lawyer failed to present evidence that could have spared him the death penalty. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

This undated file photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Robert Wayne Holsey. Holsey is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, Dec. 9. A jury in February 1997 convicted Holsey of killing Baldwin County sheriff's deputy Will Robinson. Holsey's lawyers say he shouldn't be executed because his trial lawyer failed to present evidence that could have spared him the death penalty. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

 

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