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Andrew Cook has been executed

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The man accused of killing a former Spencer High School studentand her boyfriend has been executed.  38-year-old Andrew Cook waspronounced dead Thursday at 11:22p.m. in Jackson, Georgia.  The GeorgiaCourt of Appeals temporarily halted his execution Thursday morning. Theytemporarily stayed Cook's execution to consider a challenge to the state'slethal injection procedure, but Georgia's Supreme Court lifted the stay.

Cook was found guilty of two counts of malice murder and twocounts of felony murder in the 1995 shooting deaths of Grant Hendrickson andformer Spencer High School student Michele Cartagena.  The jury in histrial recommended a death sentence for Cook's murder of Ms. Cartagena afterfinding that her murder was committed during the commission of the murder ofMr. Hendrickson.

This comes just two days after a court of appeals granted WarrenLee Hill a stay of execution just minutes before he was set to die.  Theygranted a stay on a challenge to the state's lethal-injection procedure. The Federal Appeals Court granted one on the claim Hill is mentallychallenged.  He was serving a life sentence when he was convicted in the1990 death of a fellow inmate.

Cook was the first inmate to be executed since the state changedits execution procedure in July, he was the son of a former FBI agent.

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