Updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:46 am EST
Brandon Astor Jones was executed on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, by the state of Georgia. He was pronounced dead at 12:46 am EST, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. He was 72 years of age. Brandon was executed for the murder of 29-year-old Roger Tackett on June 17, 1979, in Cobb County, Georgia. Brandon spent the last 36 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.
Brandon was the oldest inmate on Georgia’s death row. Brandon was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, however his execution was delayed several hours due to appeals and difficulty locating a vein for the lethal injection.
At 11:20 pm on June 16, 1979, Roger Tackett, the manager of a Tenneco convenience store arrived to close it for the night. Roger remained late that night after all the employees left in order to complete some paperwork.
Around 1:45 am, Cobb County Police Officer Kendall drove a stranded motorist to use the pay phone at the store. Officer Kendall observed a car, belonging to Roger, in front of the store with the driver’s-side door open and lights still on inside of the store. Officer Kendall walked towards the store and observed, through the window, Brandon Jones in the storeroom doorway.
Officer Kendall entered through the unlocked front door and heard three shots. He announced himself as police and ordered everybody out. When Officer Kendall received no response, he entered the storeroom, where he found Jones and Van Roosevelt Solomon standing. Officer Kendall searched the men and handcuffed Jones, and then placed Solomon in his police car, as he only had once set of handcuffs. He also radioed for backup.
A private security guard was the first to arrive and assist Officer Kendall. Officer Kendall and the private security then re-entered the store and used a crowbar to break into the storeroom, which had locked when the door shut. Inside, they found Roger, who had been shot five times from the back. He died after a bullet penetrated his brain. Officer Kendall also found two guns and multiple bullets in the storeroom. The cash drawer had also been placed in plastic bag. Burglary tools and holsters for the weapons and bullets were found in vehicle Jones and Solomon had driven that night.
Both men were convicted and sentenced to death . Solomon was executed on February 20, 1985.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Roger Tackett. Please pray for strength for the family of Brandon Jones.