UPDATE: A last ditch effort to save Brian Keith Terrell was unsuccessful. The state Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency, posting its order on Dec. 7, 2015. Terrell is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 for the 1992 robbery and murder of John Henry Watson, of Covington.
After putting the planned execution of Brian Keith Terrell, 47, on hold earlier this year, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced in a press release that the Newton County Superior Court has now set the date for the execution to proceed. The court ordered the Georgia Department of Corrections to carry out the execution on a date between Dec. 8-15, 2015. Commissioner Homer Bryson has set the date for 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Terrell was convicted in Walton County Superior Court in 2001 for the 1992 robbery and murder of John Henry Watson, of Covington. His execution was put on hold in March this year while an analysis was conducted on the drugs planned for use in the scheduled execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner. Her execution was called off in the hours leading up to the scheduled execution due to concerns over the drugs to be used. Gissendaner was eventually executed on Sept. 30.
Original Story: March 2, 2015
Last week Walton County Superior Court filed an order that will set the execution date for a man convicted in the 1992 murder of a Covington man.
According to a press release from the Georgia Attorney General’s office, Brian Keith Terrell, 46, was convicted in the murder of 70-year-old John Watson, of Covington. Terrell is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. on March 10, 2015 for the crime. The order sets a seven-day window that begins at noon on March 10 and ends on March 17, 2015. Terrell has exhausted all his appeals.
Terrell was convicted of murdering Watson on June 21, 1992 after shooting and beating him to death. According to the release, Terrell had stolen checks from Watson, who was a friend of Terrell’s mother. Watson gave him the opportunity to return the funds prior to June 22, 1992 in order for him not to file charges against him. Terrell used the opportunity instead to murder Watson in a particularly brutal way, shooting him several times before beating him to death.