Update: Wednesday, February 3, 2016  1:10 am EST

 

Brandon Astor Jones has been executed by the state of Georgia, after his execution was delayed for several hours due to appeals.  Read more about Brandon's case here

 

Update: Tuesday, February 2, 2016  11:15 pm EST

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to stay the execution of Brandon Jones, whose execution was scheduled to begin at 7 pm EST this evening.  With this ruling, Georgia can now proceed with the execution.

 

Update: Tuesday, February 2, 2016  7:41 pm EST

 

The execution of Brandon Jones was scheduled to begin nearly one hour ago.  The start of the execution has been delayed due to ongoing appeals from Brandon's lawyers, who are attempting stop his execution.

 

Update: Tuesday, February 2, 2016  6:15 pm EST

 

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay the execution of Brandon Astor Jones.  The court ruled 5-2 against granting the stay.  The 11 Circuit Court of Appeals has also rejected a request to have his car heard before the entire court instead of a three-judge panel.

 

Update: Tuesday, February 2, 2016  12:19 pm EST

 

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request to grant clemency to Brandon Astor Jones.  Brandon's attorneys were arguing that he should not be executed due to age - set to turn 73 on February 14, 2016 - and due to his alleged failing mental health.  Board members reviewed recent writings and internet posts and found nothing to corroborate this claim.

 

Update: Monday, February 1, 2016  11:47 am EST

 

Brandon Astor Jones is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  Seventy-two-year-old Brandon is convicted of the murder of 29-year-old Roger Tackett on June 17, 1979, in Cobb County, Georgia.  Brandon has spent the last 36 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.

 

Brandon is the oldest inmate on Georgia’s death row.  The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected two requests from Brandon to stay his execution.  He was asking that his case be reopened, as his original trial attorney were ineffective.  He was also arguing that his death sentence was an "anomaly" for a murder involving armed robbery.  The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected both requests.

 

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.  Please pray that if Brandon is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray for that Brandon will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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