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State to execute Berrien County man next month

April 23, 2008

Atlanta -- It's been more than 18 years since William Earl Lynd was sentenced to death for the brutal murder of his girlfriend in Berrien County. Now, almost two decades after he was arrested for the murder of Ginger Moore, the state plans to execute Lynd next month.

According to authorities, Lynd shot his 27-year-old girlfriend Ginger Moore in the face in Berrien County on December 22, 1988. Moore regained consciousness after being shot and then followed him outside where he was smoking a cigarette. He then shot her again, stuffed her in the trunk of her car and drove away. When he heard the victim moving around in the trunk, he then fired a fatal third shot.

Police say Lynd buried Moore's body in a shallow grave in Tift County. Lynd then drove to Ohio where he murdered a second woman, Leslie Joan Sharkey, on Christmas Day. After driving to Florida, Lynd returned to Berrien County where he surrendered to authorities on New Years Eve 1988. Information provided to the authorities by Lynd lead them to Moore's body.

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker announced Tuesday that Lynd is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection between May 6 and May 13.

Lynd will likely become the first death row inmate in Georgia to be executed since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that death by lethal injection does not violate the Constitution.

If executed, Lynd would become the first inmate on Georgia's death row to die by lethal injection since John Hightower was executed by the state in June 2007.

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