March 10 execution date set for man who shot then beat elderly man to death

The Attorney General's office of Georgia, says Brian Keith Terrell's execution is scheduled for March 10.

Brian Terrell (46 years old)

Prosecutors say Terrell stole 10 checks in total. They had belonged to a 77-year-old man of Covington and signed his own name when he used them. Officials say the victim told Terrell's mother and sheriff's officials. Prosecutors say Terrell shot him at his house before dragging him to a secluded area and severely beating him.

The victim John Henry Watson was murdered on June 22, 1992, and on July 13, 1992, the Newton County Grand Jury indicted Terrell for malice murder, felony murder, and armed robbery. Terrell was also indicted for ten counts of first degree forgery on June 10, 1993. The State dropped the felony murder and armed robbery counts after Terrell's first trial ended in a mistrial.

Terrell's second trial began on January 9, 1995, and Terrell was convicted of all remaining counts. The jury recommended a death sentence for the murder on January 20, 1995. In addition to the death sentence, the trial court sentenced Terrell to ten consecutive ten-year sentences for the forgeries.

Terrell filed an extraordinary motion for new trial on January 27, 1995, and a motion for new trial on February 8, 1995. The motions were denied on September 4, 1997, and pursuant to an extension of time granted by the trial court, Terrell filed his notice of appeal on October 31, 1997. The case was docketed in this Court on January 15, 1999, and was orally argued on April 13, 1999.

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


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