Pardon Board denies clemency for Georgia inmate scheduled for execution

Virgil Delano Presnell, Jr was convicted of kidnapping 2 young girls from school, raping one and killing the other

FORSYTH, Georgia (WDEF) – The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for Virgil Delano Presnell, Jr.

He is now scheduled to die on Tuesday by lethal injection.

Presnell, Jr. was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of an 8 year old girl, plus the kidnapping and rape of a 10 year old girl.

Prosecutors say he took them while they were walking home from Cobb County Elementary in 1976.

He drove them to a secluded area, made them undress, and raped the older girl.

The younger girl tried to run, but he caught her and drowned her in a creek.

Presnell put the older girl in the trunk of his car, but then had a flat in a wooded area.

When he left, she got out and ran for help.

Presnell’s death sentence was overturned in the 1990’s but re-instated a few years later.

Presnell, Jr. will be the 54th inmate to die in Georgia by lethal injection.

There are currently 37 men and one woman still under death sentence in the state.

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