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Posted: June 1, 2009 10:13 a.m.

Supreme Court reinstates Terrell death sentence

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has reinstated a death sentence given to Brian Keith Terrell, convicted of killing a 70-year-old Newton County man in 1992.

The court's ruling Monday was unanimous. It reversed a lower-court judge's ruling that Terrell's death sentence should be set aside because his lawyers provided ineffective assistance of counsel.

According to prosecutors, John Watson, who was a friend of Terrell?s mother, found out on June 20, 1992, that Terrell had stolen 10 of his checks and began using them. Watson told Terrell to repay him repay him a significant portion of the stolen money within two days.

According to testimony, on the due day, Terrell shot Watson four times, and later beat him on the face and head.


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