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Retired reporter describes execution process

ALBANY (WALB) - Troy Davis became be the 52nd person executed by the state of Georgia since 1983.

A retired south Georgia journalist witnessed more than a dozen of those executions.

Former Associated Press reporter Elliot Minor served as a media witness for 13 executions including the first in Georgia by lethal injection.

He says he's been in the death chamber before when a last minute stay was granted.

"Just before the execution, they're given a chance to make a last statement and many of them did. Many of them said they were sorry for what they did," said Minor.

Minor says reporters were taken to the execution chamber via a locked van and handed a note pad and two pencils.

The electric chair was used to execute 12 of the 13 inmates he witnessed be put to death.

Like in the Troy Davis case, he says there have been occasion when the eleventh hour appeal is made by the condemned's attorney. 

"There's been times when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution and we were sitting in the death chamber waiting for it to happen when we all had to go home," he said.

19 Georgia death row inmates have been executed by lethal injection since 2001.

There are currently 96 inmates on death row.

All but one have been convicted of murder.

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