In their last-minute appeals, Waldrip’s lawyers are making the same arguments they made last month as Wellons’ execution approached. Both times lawyers for the condemned challenged the 1-year-old law that was adopted to get around the difficulty of finding lethal injection drugs in light of the nationwide increasing public pressures on the companies that make them.
Georgia has never named the compounding pharmacy that made the sedative pentobarbital for Wellons’ and now Waldrip’s executions.
Waldrip was sentenced to die in Dawson County for the 1991 murder of a convenience store clerk who was supposed to testify against Waldrip’s son in an armed robbery trial two days later.
But, according to testimony, the Waldrips and Howard Livingston, Tommy Lee Waldrip’s brother, intercepted Evans as he was driving home from work on April 13, 1991. First they fired birdshot into the windshield of Evans’ truck. Then the younger Waldrip and Livingston drove the truck, with Evans in the passenger seat, to a neighboring county where the three men beat him to death with a blackjack, buried him and set his truck on fire.