Georgia Death Row Inmate Willie James Pye Requests Last Meal Before Execution

Pye's attorneys filed an appeal for clemency last week, arguing that he is intellectually disabled and, therefore, ineligible for execution. They claim that Pye has an IQ of 68, indicating intellectual disability.

Georgia Death Row Inmate Willie James Pye Requests Last Meal Before Execution - SurgeZirc
Georgia Death Row Inmate Willie James Pye Requests Last Meal Before Execution.

Convicted murderer Willie James Pye, who is scheduled to be executed via lethal injection on Wednesday, has made his final meal request.

Pye, 59, was found guilty of malice murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, armed robbery, burglary, and rape in the 1993 killing of his former girlfriend, Alicia Lynn Yarbrough. After his conviction in the summer of 1996, he was sentenced to death for his crimes.

For his last meal, Pye has requested a selection of comfort food. He asked for two chicken sandwiches, two cheeseburgers, french fries, two bags of plain potato chips, and two lemon-lime sodas.

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This choice of a calorific meal reflects his personal preferences and provides a sense of familiarity during his final hours. Willie Pye is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 pm on Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Georgia has a long history of carrying out capital punishment, with 75 men and one woman executed since the death penalty was reinstated by the US Supreme Court in 1976. If the execution proceeds as planned, Pye will be the 54th inmate put to death by lethal injection.

Currently, there are 36 men and one woman under a death sentence in Georgia. However, it is worth noting that the last execution in the state took place in January 2020, over four years ago.

Pye’s attorneys filed an appeal for clemency last week, arguing that he is intellectually disabled and, therefore, ineligible for execution. They claim that Pye has an IQ of 68, indicating intellectual disability.

According to the clemency application, his lawyers argue that the jurors in his 1996 trial were not made aware of this crucial information due to the negligence of his defense counsel.

In addition to the intellectual disability claim, Pye’s lawyers also point out the flaws in the legal system during the 1990s. They argue that his trial was a “shocking relic of the past,” highlighting issues such as racism within the local public defender system at that time.

Despite these arguments, the Georgia Parole Board held a closed-door hearing on Tuesday and ultimately denied Pye’s request for clemency. As a result, the execution is set to proceed as scheduled.


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