Update: Friday, July 15, 2016 12:50 am EDT
John Wayne Conner was executed by Georgia on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was pronounced dead at 12:29 am EST. Click here to read more.
Update: Friday, July 15, 2016 12:02 am EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected the second request by John Conner to stay his execution, allowing Georgia to proceed with the execution.
Update: Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:45 pm EDT
John Conner has another requisition to stay his execution before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Update: Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:13 pm EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to stay the execution of John Conner, allowing it to proceed this evening.
Update: Thursday, July 14, 2016 2:51 pm EDT
The Georgia Supreme Court has refused to stay the execution of John Conner, scheduled to be executed this evening. John's attorneys are arguing that executing him 34 years after the crime amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy. His lawyers have appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Update: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 8:33 pm EDT
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request to stay the execution of John Wayne Conner. John and his attorneys were arguing that John is a changed man since he was first sentenced to death. They also argued that he was sexually abused as a child and is mentally disabled. The Board rejected his arguments.
Update: Monday, July 11, 2016 1:19 pm EDT
John Wayne Conner is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Sixty-year-old John is convicted of the murder of 29-year-old James T. White on January 10, 1982, in Milan, Georgia. John has spent the last 33 years on Georgia’s death row.
John’s family had little money while he was growing up. When drinking, John’s father would often beat him. John had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, beginning in his teenage years. According to John’s mother, John had attempted to commit suicide several times since 1981.
On January 9, 1982, John Conner and his girlfriend, Beverly Bates, went to a party with J.T. White. While at the party, they were all smoking marijuana and drinking. Around midnight the trio returned to the house Conner and Beverly shared. Shortly after midnight, J.T. and Conner left the house to attempt to obtain more alcohol.
While walking, Conner alleges that J.T. made a comment about wanting to have sex with Beverly. The comment outraged Conner, who began attacking J.T. J.T.’s body was found the next day in a drainage ditch. It was later determined that J.T. had been severely stomped, with several bones broken in his face. He ultimately died by drowning in his own blood.
When Conner returned to the apartment he shared with Beverly, he woke her up saying they had to leave. He told her that he had fought with J.T. and also that he though he had killed J.T. Conner burned the shirt he had been wearing. Conner and Beverly were arrested later that day. Conner had no injuries from his alleged fight with J.T.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of James White. Please pray for strength for the family of John Conner. Please pray that if John 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 that John may come to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.