The Supreme Court of Georgia has lifted the stay of execution granted Wednesday to Ray Jefferson Cromartie.
State high court justices lifted the stay Thursday afternoon, after receiving briefs from both parties in which attorneys agreed that the current execution order was void because it was entered by the trial court while the Supreme Court had jurisdiction over the case.
The state Supreme Court also denied as “premature” Cromartie’s request that the court issue an order prevented his execution’s rescheduling.
Cromartie initially was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Classification and Diagnostic Prison in Jackson. He was given a death sentence following his 1997 conviction for the 1994 murder of a Thomasville convenience store clerk.