Board denies request for stay of execution in Cromartie case

Board denies request for stay of execution in Cromartie case
Ray Cromartie (Source: Ga. Dept. of Corrections)

ATLANTA, Ga. (WALB) - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a request to stay the scheduled execution of Ray Jefferson Cromartie.

The board also denied clemency in the case. The request to stay the execution came from Cromartie’s representatives on Tuesday.

Representatives for Cromartie asked the board to stay the execution to allow time for federal courts to determine whether his request for DNA testing of evidence in the criminal case resulting in his conviction could move forward.

The board’s authority does not include issuing a stay for this purpose. The board has the authority to grant a stay of up to 90 days for it to further examine information to determine whether to commute a death sentence.

Cromartie did not request a commutation of his death sentence.

Even though Cromartie did not request his sentence be commuted, the board reviewed its comprehensive case file on him and all information received at Tuesday’s meeting and determined not to grant clemency by commuting the death sentence.

Cromartie is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

The Superior Court of Thomas County ordered the execution of Cromartie for the 1994 murder of Richard Slysz.

Cromartie was indicted in the Superior Court of Thomas County for one count of malice murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery, one count of armed robbery and four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Cromartie was convicted as charged in the indictment and sentenced to death on October 1, 1997. The United States Supreme Court denied Cromartie’s request to appeal on December 3, 2018.

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