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Family wants pardon sixty years later

October 17, 2003

Family members of the only woman executed in Georgia's electric chair want a full pardon for a crime they say she did not commit.

On Mother's Day this year, Lena Baker's family held a funeral at her grave site in Cuthbert, nearly sixty years after she was executed. Baker was convicted for the murder of her boss, E.B. Knight, in 1944. Her attorney called no witnesses on her behalf. It was only in a letter written by Baker to the jury that she says she acted in self-defense, protecting herself from repeated sexual, violent advances by Knight.

Baker's great-nephew, Roosevelt Curry, is asking the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant a full pardon for his aunt. The petition was mailed to the Board Thursday.

Posted at 4:32 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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