Jones County killer set to be executed, clemency hearing announced

Keith Leroy Tharpe
Keith Leroy Tharpe

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles has set the date for a clemency hearing for a Jones County man scheduled for execution later this month.

Keith Leroy Tharpe was sentenced to death for the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman.

Tharpe shot Freeman three times with a single-shot 12-gauge shotgun. He was convicted of malice murder and kidnapping and was sentenced to death on Jan. 10, 1991.

Tharpe’s state and federal appeals have concluded, and clemency will be considered at a 9 a.m. meeting in the board’s hearing room on Sept. 25, according to a Wednesday release from the board.

Tharpe is set to die by lethal injection Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson.

Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor