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Georgia executes man convicted in beating death

Joshua Daniel Bishop (Source: GA Department of Corrections) Joshua Daniel Bishop (Source: GA Department of Corrections)

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia has executed a death row inmate convicted of beating another man to death in 1994.

Joshua Bishop died at 9:27 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Bishop's request for a stay of execution. 

The 41-year-old inmate was convicted in the June 1994 killing of Leverett Morrison in Milledgeville.

Bishop, Morrison and Mark Braxley had been drinking and smoking crack on June 24, 1994. Prosecutors say Bishop tried to steal car keys from Morrison, who was sleeping, and he and Braxley beat Morrison to death when he woke up.

Bishop and Braxley dumped Morrison's body between two trash bins and burned his Jeep.

A jury sentenced Bishop to die after a trial in 1996. Braxley pleaded guilty and was serving a life sentence.

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