“Ole Sparky”

Andrew DeYoung’s attorneys have won another delay for their client.  A judge sentenced DeYoung to death for the murder of his parents and sister.  It’s been 18 years since the evidence showed that DeYoung took the lives of 3 others, but he’s continued his life, albeit on Georgia’s death row.   On a motion filed by his attorneys, federal authorities have seized one of the 3 ingredients Georgia has been using in its lethal injection cocktails.  A judge ruled that Georgia bought the chemical from a non-approved source  outside the United States.  A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Corrections says the state will suspend executions until the matter is resolved.   I’m wondering if the state will consider bringing “Ole Sparky”  or a new improved version back on line.   “Ole Sparky” was once the name for Georgia’s electric chair.  As a reporter I’ve witnessed an execution via “Ole Sparky”.    It’s a grim thing to watch, but  I stilled myself by remembering the victim of the convicted murderer and the family he left behind.

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