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Georgia gives “mentally retarded” inmate July 15 execution date

Despite having an IQ of only 65, Jerome Bowden chose his last words carefully: "I hope this thing that's happening to me will put some light on this thing that's wrong." Two years after he was executed by electric chair in Georgia in 1986, his wish came true when the state legislature made the Peach Tree State the first in the nation to outlaw the execution of "mentally retarded" convicts. But twenty seven years and one month later, the state is poised to execute another man whom almost everyone agrees suffers from extreme mental challenges.

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