Execution Date Set for J.W. Ledford, Jr., Convicted of Murder
April 26, 2017
ATLANTA, GA –Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against J.W. Ledford, Jr., who is currently scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for the 1992 murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr.
Ledford has concluded his direct appeal proceedings and his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings. Accordingly, the Superior Court of Murray County today filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of J.W. Ledford, Jr. may occur begining at noon, May 16, 2017 and ending 7 days later at noon on May 23, 2017.
Ledford’s Crime (January 31, 1992)
The Georgia Supreme Court summarized the facts of the case as follows:
The defendant, J. W. Ledford, Jr. was convicted of the malice murder of Dr. Harry Buchanan Johnston, Jr., as well as two counts of armed robbery, one count of burglary, and one count of kidnapping Dr. Johnston's wife, Antoinette. The jury recommended that a sentence of death be imposed for the conviction of malice murder, and the trial court sentenced him to death. The trial court also sentenced the defendant to two consecutive life sentences and two twenty-year concurrent terms for the remaining offenses.
Dr. Carlton Wilson
Dr. Carlton Wilson has been named the single finalist for superintendnet of Pickens County Schools in a 3-2 vote from the school board. Dr. Wilson was selected as the sole finalist from a pool of 49 applicants. Dr. Wilson joined the Pickens County School District in 1996 as a teacher at Pickens County Middle School, where he taught for four years. In 2000 he began his administrative career as Assistant Principal of Jasper Primary School. He became principal of Hill City Elementary School in 2002, where he remained for 11 years. Most recently he worked as principal of Japser Elementary. The board anticipates finalizing Dr. Wilson as superintendent after the mandated 14-day public comment period. See full coverage of the superintendent selection and surprising 3-2 vote in next week's edition.
Members of the public are invited to the kickoff meeting for an update to a state-mandated plan intended to be a “vision statement” for county.
The Pickens County Joint Comprehensive Plan must be completely revised every 10 years, and updated every five years. The last update was in 2013.
Pickens County Planning & Development Director Richard Osborne said, “This is a locally, citizen-driven plan. We want business owners, farmers, residents to be involved, and they can be involved in the area of their interest. Say you’re interested in downtown Jasper, you can focus on that.”
Cherokee County, Ga. April 26, 2017>. Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a tractor trailer that had left the roadway on Highway 369 near Yellow Creek Road in the Freehome Community at approximately 2:30pm Tuesday. As deputies approached the tractor trailer a three car accident occurred at the intersection. A vehicle, driven by Martha Spriggs, 58 years old of Canton, was traveling east on Hwy 369 and was stopped at the intersection waiting to make a left turn onto >
Mark Miller, a well-known local attorney accused of taking as much as $2 million from client accounts, was shipped to the Cobb County jail April 13th after filing numerous complaints against conditions at the Pickens jail.
Miller had remained in the Pickens jail since June 2016. He was initially denied bond as Senior Judge Richard Winegarden said he didn’t feel comfortable releasing him. In December he was granted a bond, but one so high his defense counsel said at the time it was effectively still no bond.
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