State sets date for ninth execution this year

A day after Georgia carried out its eighth execution this year, the state scheduled its ninth: lethal injection of a man who shot his in-laws in 1990.

William Sallie killed his father-in-law and wounded his mother-in-law. He also assaulted his estranged wife and her sister in Bacon County in January 1990.

His execution is set for Dec. 6.

The animosities between Sallie and his wife’s family started after she filed for divorce following an argument during which he struck Robin Sallie with a belt, prompting Robin Sallie and her 2-year-old son, Ryan, to move in with her parents, her sister and her brother.

Soon after, under the pretense of visiting his son, Sallie picked up the boy at his in-laws’ house and went to Illinois, where Sallie stayed until a court there ruled in March 1990 the mother could take the toddler back to Georgia.

Sallie also returned to Georgia.

He rented a mobile home under a fake name in near Hinesville, three counties northeast of Bacon County, and had a friend buy him a handgun.

In the early morning hours of March 28, 1990, Sallie, dressed in green camouflage clothing and carrying duct tape and four pairs of handcuffs, broke into the home of John and Linda Moore.

He shot John Moore six times. and then turned the gun on his mother-in-law, shooting her in the thumb, the shoulder and both thighs. He handcuffed Linda Moore and her 9-year-old son, Justin, to each other and a bed rail. He took Robin and her 17-year-old sister, April, to his mobile home in Liberty County where he assaulted them.

He released the sisters the next day after asking them not to press charges.

On Wednesday night, Georgia executed Steven Spears for murdering his ex-girlfriend in 2001 in her Dahlonega home. Spears confessed to the murder and did not appeal his death sentence.

If Sallie is put to death, he will be ninth person Georgia has executed since Jan. 1, more than any year since 1957 and more than any other state in 2016.