Keith Leroy Tharpe is scheduled to die by lethal injection next week, and he has put in the order for his last meal.
Sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of his sister-in-law, Jacquelin Freeman, and the kidnapping of his estranged wife, the 59-year-old has spent the past 26 years on death row.
According to court documents, Tharpe repeatedly threatened his wife and her family after she left him. One September morning, Tharpe’s wife and her sister were on their way to work, when the soon-to-be-executed inmate used his car to force his wife’s car off the road.
The convicted murderer then got out of his car and proceeded to retrieve his sister-in-law from his wife’s car and force her into the back of the car, where he shot the 29-year-old woman three times with a single-shot 12-gauge shotgun.
After rolling Freeman’s body into a ditch, he kidnapped and raped his estranged wife.
Tharpe’s date with death is now set for Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Prison.
Prior to that, he’ll be granted a last meal, and he’s ordered an unbelievable course on Tuesday: three spicy chicken breasts, a roast beef sandwich with sauce, a fish sandwich, tater logs, onion rings, apple pie, and a vanilla milkshake, according to a press release put out by the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Tharpe will be the 48th inmate put to death by lethal injection in Georgia. There have been 69 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
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