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May 6, 2008

Jackson -- Since 1991, William Earl Lynd has called the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia home. It is also the place where he is scheduled to die Tuesday night. While his lawyers have appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court for a 90-day stay of execution, Georgia's Parole and Pardon Board has already denied clemency.

What landed Lynd on Georgia's death row began two days before Christmas in 1988. It was an eerie crime so violent and shocking, few in Berrien County could have ever imagined taking place so close to home. The victim was Lynd's girlfriend, Virginia "Ginger" Moore. Authorities said Lynd shot her two times in the face before placing her body in the trunk of a car, shooting her a third time, and then burying her body in Tift County. 

Authorities say Lynd then drove to Ohio where he shot and killed a Detroit woman, Leslie Joan Sharkey on Christmas Day. The victim was able to drive for help and told police what happened before she died. Lynd was arrested on New Year's Eve, 1988 after he turned himself to Berrien County authorities which he later lead to shallow grave where buried Moore's body.

Convicted and sentenced to death in 1990, Lynd has appealed his case several times to no avail. Now, nearly two decades after he was charged with murder, Lynd is scheduled to become the 41st inmate to be executed by the state of Georgia since 1973.

But Lynd's execution is perhaps the start of several placed on the hold across the country since the U,S. Supreme Court ruled last month that death by lethal injection is not in violation of the Constitution. 

Lynd has requested his last meal of two pepper jack BBQ burgers with crisp onions, two potatoes with sour cream, bacon and cheese, and one large strawberry milkshake.

If the execution goes on as scheduled, Lynd will become the first Georgia inmate put to death since John Hightower in June 2007 for the murder of his two step-daughters.

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