Georgia Executes Former Navy Crewman For Murder

| by Sean Kelly
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A former Navy crewman was executed for the 1992 murder of a fellow shipmate.

Georgia executed Travis Hittson by lethal injection, after accepting a final prayer and recording a final statement, said AJC. On the day of his death, Hittson met with two relatives, four friends and several members of his legal team.

Hittson was scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m., but the execution was delayed while the courts decided whether or not it should be stopped.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution, after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that his request for a pardon lacked merit.

The 45-year-old was sentenced to death on April 5, 1992 for the murder of Conway Utterbeck. Hittson killed Utterbeck after his petty officer, Edward Vollmer, told him that Utterbeck was planning to kill him. He shot Utterbeck in the head and, along with Vollmer, dismembered his body, said MSNBC.

Vollmer accepted a plea deal and is serving a life sentence for his role in the crime.

Sources: MSNBC, Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Photo credit:

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