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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
New execution date set in Georgia
John Washington Hightower is scheduled to be executed June 26 in Georgia. If executed it would be the first execution in Georgia in nearly two years. Hightower was convicted of the July 12, 1987, slayings of Dorothy Hightower, Evelyn Reaves and Sandra Reaves.
At trial his prosecutor used 6 of his 7 peremptories to strike blacks from the jury. His trial prosecutor historically used 90% of his strikes to remove people of color from juries in the capital cases he had tried and previously had written memos on striking blacks from juries.