Ray "Jeff" Cromartie was put to deathon the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. It was Georgia's third execution of 2019. The state executed nine inmates in 2016, but the pace of executions slowed after that, with a single one in 2017 and two in 2018. There are several other inmates on Georgia’s Death Row who might see the last of their appeals rejected soon.
Cromartie was sentenced to die for the 1994 murder of 50-year-old Richard Slysz, a store clerk in South Georgia, a crime Cromartie always insisted he hadn’t committed. Cromartie's co-defendents testified against him and served time in prison until their releases in the early 2000s. Cromartie's attempts to get new DNA testing failed, as did a last-minute affidavit by one co-defendent that claimed Cromartie was not the shooter.
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Source: Georgia Dept. of Corrections