07-14-2005, 02:49 PM #1Former Member
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GA - Robert Conklin executed for the '84 murder of George Crooks
GEEZUS!!!!!! What is WRONG with these people????
Georgia executes man who murdered gay lover with screwdriver
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) A parolee who fatally stabbed his lover with a screwdriver, then dismembered the man's body, was executed Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson.
Robert Conklin, 44, said a prayer but made no final statement before he was given an injection of deadly chemicals for the 1984 murder of George Crooks.
Conklin had said he invited Crooks, a 28-year-old lawyer, to his Atlanta apartment to tell him that he wanted to end their relationship. Prosecutors said Conklin's intent was to kill Crooks.
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The Georgia Supreme Court ruling was 5-2, and Chief Justice Leah Sears said in a dissenting opinion that Conklin's trial was unfair and his conviction and sentence were "manifestly unjust."
Conklin said he was fending off an attempted rape at the time of the attack.
Prosecutors said he acted with malice, and after stabbing Crooks, cut up the body and disposed of the pieces in trash bags and a garbage disposal.
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But Crooks' brother said before the execution that Conklin was after money.
"It's been 21 years of appeals. Enough is enough," said Jim Crooks, 56.
It was Georgia's third execution this year.
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