Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror’s racial bias

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia plans to put to death a man who killed his sister-in-law 27 years ago.

But his lawyers say the execution should be stopped because his death sentence is tainted by a juror’s racial bias. State lawyers dispute that argument.

They say 59-year-old Keith Leroy Tharpe should die Tuesday as scheduled.

Tharpe was convicted in the September 1990 shooting death of his sister-in-law.

Tharpe’s lawyers asked a federal judge to reopen his case, saying a juror’s racial bias “impermissibly influenced the imposition of his death sentence.”

The judge denied the request and a federal appeals court rejected an appeal.

Tharpe’s lawyers plan to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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