Update: Tuesday, December 9, 2014  10:16 pm EST


Robert Holsey has been executed by the state of Georgia.  Read his full story here.


Update: Tuesday, December 9, 2014  10:16 pm EST


The Supreme Court of the United States has denied remaining appeals for Robert Holsey.


Update: Tuesday, December 9, 2014  8:04 pm EST


The Supreme Court of the United States has denied a request for a stay of execution for Robert Holsey, whose execution was scheduled to begin nearly one hour ago.


Update: Tuesday, December 9, 2014  6:04 pm EST


The Georgia Supreme Court has denied a request for a stay of execution for Robert Holsey.  Robert's attorneys argued that in light of the recent Supreme Court Decision, Georgia requirement that the defense proved intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as unconstitutional.  Robert is appealing the decision to the Supreme Court of the United States.


Update: Monday, December 8, 2014  9:04 pm EST


The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has refused to grant clemency to Robert Holsey.  Robert was asking for clemency because his original trial lawyer allegedly drank a quart of vodka every night of his trial, as the lawyer was in the midst of a personal crisis, and was being prosecuted for stealing from his clients.  Additionally, the lawyer failed to present mitigating evidence which could have persuaded the jury to not give Robert the death penalty.  The board did not state why they rejected clemency for Robert.  Robert's attorneys plan to appeal this decision.



Update: Monday, December 8, 2014  12:24 pm EST


Robert Wayne Holsey is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  Forty-nine-year-old Robert is convicted of the murder of 26-year-old Deputy Sheriff Will Robinson on December 17, 1995, in Milledgeville, Georgia.  Robert has spent the last 17 years of his life on death row in Georgia.


Robert had a history of criminal behavior, including two counts of aggravated assault.  Prior to serving time for those crimes, Robert worked at a local Pizza Hut.  According to Robert’s sister Angela, a former active-duty Marine, Robert performed poorly in school and was borderline mentally disabled.  As children, they were beat by their mother.  Additionally, Robert’s father was shot while his mother was pregnant with him.


Around 1:30 am, on December 17, 1995, Jet Food Store in Milledgeville, Georgia was robbed at gunpoint.  The clerk observed the robber leaving in a small, red automobile.  After he left, the clerk called the police and gave a description of the robber and his vehicle.


A short time later, Deputy Sheriff Will Robinson stopped a red Ford Probe at a nearby motel.  He radioed in the license plate number before approaching the vehicle.  The man in the vehicle, Robert Holsey, fired as Deputy Robinson approached the vehicle.  Deputy Robinson received a fatal head wound.  Several witnesses at the motel identified a man matching Holsey’s description as the shooter.


Police soon identified Holsey’s vehicle and gave chase, however, Holsey was able to avoid being apprehended.  Holsey’s girlfriend picked him up in a different vehicle, allowing him to abandon the one the police were looking for.  After driving around for a while, Holsey and his girlfriend returned to the location where he had abandoned his Ford Probe.


While Holsey was still in his girlfriend’s vehicle, police discovered the red Ford Probe.  Holsey eventually surrendered to the police.  He was convicted of robbing Jet Food Store and murdering Deputy Robinson.  He was sentenced to death of February 13, 1997.


Several of Robert Holsey’s appeals have sought a retrial, as Robert’s court-appointed attorney allegedly drank heavily during the course of the trial and failed to present strong mitigating evidence.  All of Robert’s appeals have rejected his argument.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Will Robinson.  Please pray for strength for the family of Robert.  Please pray that Robert will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.