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October 22, 2003

Attapulgus - Executed for murder. "She shot him," says Roosevelt Curry of his Great Aunt, Lena Baker." But he says Baker, the only woman executed in Georgia's electric chair, killed E.B. Knight in self-defense.

Curry says Baker (a black woman) was working for Knight, a white Cuthbert businessman. One day, they started fighting, and as Knight raised a metal bar to hit Baker, she reached for his gun and shot him.

An all-white jury convicted Baker of murder, and she died in the electric chair less than a year later.

Recently Curry sent a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, asking that Lena Baker be pardoned, so the family name will finally be cleared.

And though posthumous pardons are rare, the family says they'll fight as long as necessary to clear Lena Baker's name.

posted at 4:14 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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