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GA Pardons and Parole Board to hear clemency request of death row inmate

Travis Hittson (Source: AJC) Travis Hittson (Source: AJC)
ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) -

The Georgia Pardons and Parole Board will consider a clemency request for a death row inmate slated to die on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Former Navy crewman Travis Hittson, 45, was convicted of killing fellow sailor Conway Utterbeck back in 1993.

Hittson’s attorneys have argued in the past that their client was emotionally and physically mistreated as a child, had limited intelligence, and severe alcohol problems.

They also say Hittson was only following the directions of another sailor also convicted in the killing – Edward Vollmer. They say Vollmer masterminded the killing and manipulated Hittson.

Additionally, they argue Hittson should not be put to death since Vollmer, who is serving a life sentence, has the possibility of one day being released on parole.

If clemency is not granted, Hittson will be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the State Prison in Jackson.  

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