ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia pardons board has denied clemency for
a man scheduled to be put to death Tuesday for the murder of a
female neighbor who spurned his advances.
Robert Newland was convicted in 1987 and sentenced to die for the slaying of Carol Sanders Beatty, a former state and national amateur diving champion who was killed in the garden of her St. Simons Island home.
Newland's attorney Brian Kammer had asked the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute the sentence to life in prison with no chance of parole. He said Newland is remorseful and that the crime was a result of alcohol and drug abuse.
The board did not elaborate on its decision.
Newland also asked the Georgia Supreme Court Monday to strike down the sentence on grounds that the punishment is disproportionate and arbitrary. That motion is still pending.
Authorities said Newland went to Beatty's duplex in 1986 after a night of heavy drinking and tried to kiss her. When she refused his advances, scratching and slapping him, he drew a knife and slashed
her neck and stabbed her repeatedly.
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