Parole Board to hear clemency plea from Brian Keith Terrell


The State Board of Pardons and Paroles said Monday it would hear a petition for clemency from Brian Keith Terrell next week, the day before he is to be executed for 1992 murder of an elderly friend of his mother.

The Board has set aside next Monday to hear from Terrell’s attorneys. As is the practice, the prosecutor for Newton County and others who want Terrell’s sentence carried out will speak to the board in the afternoon.

Terrell, 47, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. next Monday for killing John Watson.

Terrell had only been recently released from prison when he stole some of the 70-year-old man’s checks and made them out to himself. When Walton received copies of cancelled checks, totaling more than $8,700. Watson told Terrell’s mother he would not press charges if he paid back the money within two days, which Terrell agreed to do.

Instead of giving back the money, Terrell waited for Watson to leave his house for a dialysis appointment. He fired four times at Watson but only a ricocheting bullet hit the elderly man in the leg. Terrell chased him down, shooting him again and beating him so severely that a broken bone impaled his brain.

If he is executed, Terrell will be the fifth person Georgia has put to death this year.


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