Brian Keith Terrell was convicted in 2001 for the robbery and murder of John Henry Watson, a close friend of Terrell’s mother. He is the 37th inmate in Georgia put to death by lethal injection and the fifth in 2015.
Terrell stole a number of checks from Watson and cashed some, but the older man agreed that if Terrell returned the checks, he would not press charges, according to records. However, Terrell went to Watson’s house and killed him, prosecutors alleged.
Terrell’s first trial ended in a mistrial. He was convicted in a second trial, but the Georgia Supreme Court overturned that verdict because of an error in jury selection, according to published reports.
During his third trial — held in February 2001 — a Walton County jury convicted Terrell of malice murder and 10 counts of first degree forgery. He was subsequently sentenced to heath.
The state habeas corpus court on July 17, 2008, granted Terrell relief on his death sentence. However, the state appealed, and the Georgia Supreme Court June 1, 2009, reversed the habeas corpus court’s order and reinstated the death sentence.