Lawyer Says Georgia Man Set for Execution Should Be Spared
ATLANTA—The life of a Georgia man set to be executed Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl should be spared, his lawyer argues, explaining that her client has significant cognitive impairments that likely contributed to his crimes and has suffered horrific abuse in prison.
Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, killed the 8-year-old girl and raped her 10-year-old friend after abducting them as they walked home from school in Cobb County, just outside Atlanta, on May 4, 1976. He was convicted in August 1976 on charges including malice murder, kidnapping, and rape and was sentenced to death. His death sentence was overturned in 1992 but was reinstated in March 1999.
Originally appeared on The Epoch Times