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#Death_Penalty : Georgia executes man convicted for killing his ex-girlfriend in 2001


JACKSON, Ga., Nov. 16 

-- A Georgia man who readily admitted to killing his girlfriend and never attempted to appeal his death sentence for the grisly crime was executed Wednesday evening.

The lethal injection execution of Steven Spears, Georgia's eighth this year, for suffocating his ex-girlfriend after waiting in her closet for four hours before she fell asleep is the first in the state's history to never be appealed a single time.

Spears' lawyer, who he refused to meet with, and his third ex-wife, Gwen Thompson, attempted to file appeals on his behalf, claiming he was not competent to make decisions and should not be executed.

Thompson dropped the appeal after the psychologist she hired interviewed Spears on Tuesday and reported he was competent. Hours later, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied appeals filed on his behalf, declining to stop the execution.

Spears refused to appeal the death sentence, he said, because he did not want to stay alive in jail and never denied murdering his ex-girlfriend, Sherri Holland.

Ten days after killing Holland, Spears was picked up by police while on the way to turn himself in.

Spears confessed, saying he'd broken into her house and waited for four hours in her closet until she fell asleep. Then he choked her until she was unconscious, wrapped duct tape around her face, put her head in a plastic bag and taped it shut.

He told investigators that he'd warned her he would "choke her... to death" if they broke up and she got a new boyfriend -- saying he "loved her that much" and that he'd do it again if he had to.
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