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Georgia high court declines to stop execution

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Georgia's highest court has declined to halt the scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his 73-year-old neighbor 25 years ago.

J.W. Ledford Jr. is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday at a state prison in Jackson. The 45-year-old inmate was convicted of murder in the January 1992 stabbing death of Dr. Harry Johnston in Murray County, northwest Georgia.

The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal of a lower court refusal to stop the execution.

Ledford's lawyers had argued he was only 20 and his brain wasn't done developing when he killed Johnston. Just as juvenile offenders are considered less culpable and not the "worst of the worst" for whom the death penalty is reserved, Ledford's lawyers argued the execution of those under 21 is also unconstitutional.

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