Clemency plea for condemned killer of Mercer students set for Tuesday

lfabian@macon.comFebruary 13, 2013 

Representatives for condemned killer Andrew Allen Cook are scheduled to appear before the state Board of Pardons and Paroles next week.

A clemency hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to a release from the parole board.

Cook was convicted of the 1995 ambush slayings of Mercer University students Grant Patrick Hendrickson and Michele Lee Cartagena near Lake Juliette in Monroe County.

His execution by lethal injection is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson.

Cook was linked to the slayings through one of the weapons involved in the shootings.

After confessing to his father, an FBI agent, Cook was arrested in the double murder and convicted on March 19, 1998.

The jury recommended death for Cook after concluding that Cartagena’s murder was committed during the commission of another felony, the murder of Hendrickson. Cook was sentenced to life in the murder of Hendrickson.

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the conviction and affirmed the jury’s verdict.

Cook has concluded his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, the release stated.

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