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Board of Pardons and Paroles denies clemency for Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die Wednesday

Daniel Lucas
Daniel Lucas
The state parole board has denied clemency for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week.

Daniel Anthony Lucas is set to be put to death Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia. The board denied clemency Tuesday after holding a hearing.

Lucas was sentenced to death for the April 1998 killings of 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia.

Lucas' lawyers have said his childhood was plagued by drugs and violence. 

They say he's been reformed in prison and should be spared.

Lucas would be the 5th inmate executed in Georgia this year.

Source: Associated Press, April 26, 2016

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