February 21, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court denies execution appeal

Associated Press

ATLANTA — The U.S. Supreme Court will not halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Andrew Allen Cook.

Cook was set to be executed Thursday at 7 p.m. by lethal injection, but the execution was delayed while the high court weighed in on Cook’s last-minute appeal. Earlier, the Georgia Supreme Court had voted unanimously to deny a stay of execution and denied his request to appeal a lower court’s decision.

The 38-year-old Cook was convicted in the 1995 slayings of two Mercer University students. They were shot several times as they sat in a car at Lake Juliette.  

Cook didn’t know either victim, and authorities say the crime was random.