Jimmy Meders, Georgia

 

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Jimmy Meders has had his death sentence commuted to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Jimmy is the first Georgia death row inmate in six years to have his sentence commuted, and only the sixth since 2002.  In their review of Jimmy's case, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles considered his lack of criminal history and his lack of infractions during his time on death row.  The Board also reviewed statements made by the jury during its deliberation, in which members expressed their desire to sentence Jimmy to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a punishment option that was not available at the time of sentencing.  Additionally, every surviving jury member has maintained that they do not believe Jimmy's execution should be carried out.

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for Jimmy Meders later this afternoon.  Arguments were made that Jimmy's lack of criminal history should be taken into account, as well as the fact that the punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole was not an option at the time of his initial trial.  Some of the jurors as Jimmy's original trial have stated that they would not have voted for capital punishment, if a life sentenced had been a possibility.

Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lawyers for Jimmy Meders have asked the Georgia Supreme Court to halt Jimmy's scheduled execution to allow more time to consider his appeal.  Jimmy is arguing that his execution is a violation of the conditions of both Georgia and the United States.  Jimmy's request was recently rejected by a Butts County judge.  The ruling was immediately appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Updated: Monday, January 13, 2020

Jimmy Fletcher Meders is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm local time, on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Fifty-eight-year-old Jimmy is convicted of robbing and murdering 47-year-old Don Anderson on October 14, 1987, in Glenn County, Georgia. Jimmy has been on death row in Georgia for the last 30 years.

Prior to his arrest, Jimmy served in the Georgia National Guard.  Jimmy did not have a a prior criminal record.

On October 13, 1987, Jimmy Meders spent the afternoon drinking with three other men, before they headed to a motel later that evening. One of the men rented a room because he was having an extramarital affair. The other two men and Meders left the motel.

During the early morning hours of October 14, 1987, Meders and the other two men stopped by a Jiffy Store, where Don Anderson was the clerk. Meders went into the store with one of the men, who bought some food and went to warm it up in the microwave. The other man remained in the vehicle. Another small purchase was made before Don was shot once in the head and once in the chest, killing him. The money from the register was taken, including some “bait money,” where the manager had written down the serial number in case the store was robbed. The other two men testified that they were not with Meders during the shooting, and that they did not have any knowledge of him having a weapon or planning to use it in a robbery.

Meders then returned to the motel and told the man there what he had done before leaving. The man at the hotel met up with the other two men and encouraged them to go to the police, which one did the following day. All three men gave similar statements and testified against Meders.

 

When Meders was arrested, he had the bait money and food stamps in his possession. The murder weapon was later found under his bed.

 

During his trial, Meders alleged that he did not shoot the victim and was being framed because the man that stayed at the hotel thought Meders was having an affair with his wife. Meders was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death.

 

Jimmy Meders requested that his execution be stayed and that new DNA testing be allowed in his case.  He has also requested a new trial.  Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit rejected the request for additional DNA testing on the murder weapon.  Jimmy was arguing that additional DNA testing could reveal the DNA of one of the other men who was with him the night of the murder, undermining the case of the prosecution and the witnesses.  Judge Scarlett wrote in his ruling, "The defense has failed to establish that the requested DNA tests would result in a reasonable probability that the defendant would have been acquitted," had the DNA testing been available and performed before Jimmy's initial trial.

 

Please pray peace and healing for the family of Don Anderson. Please pray for strength for the family of Jimmy Meders. Pray that if Jimmy is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Pray that Jimmy may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

  

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