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Georgia Executes Man For 1994 Murder

Joshua Bishop was executed for beating a man to death in an attempt to take his car keys.

Posted on March 31, 2016, at 9:48 p.m. ET

(Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

Georgia executed Joshua Bishop Thursday evening for beating a man to death in 1994.

When Bishop was 19, he helped kill Leverett Morrison, 35, so he could take the keys to his Jeep. Bishop tried to grab the keys out of Morrison's pocket while he was asleep. When he woke up, Bishop and an accomplice hit him with a car battery, and then beat him with a rod until he was dead.

They left Morrison's body between two trash bins. The accomplice received life in prison.

On Thursday, Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency, and the state's supreme court denied his request for a stay. Late Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court also declined to halt his execution.

Bishop was the state's third execution this year, and the nation's ninth.


A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.