Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, was executed on Thursday at 9.38pm in a Georgia state prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her friend in December 1994
The state of Georgia has executed a man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman in a chilling murder nearly 25 years ago on Thursday evening.
Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, was pronounced dead at 9.38pm on Thursday following an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson.
He was killed after the Supreme Court rejected a last minute bid to block his execution.
Before taking his last breaths, Morrow enjoyed his last requested meal of a hamburger with mayonnaise, two chicken and waffle meals, two all-beef franks, and a bag of popcorn.
He washed down the meal with a large lemonade and for dessert ate a pint of butter pecan ice cream.
Prior to his death over the phone he confessed to WSBTV that he didn't want to die.
'I don’t want to die. But I’m at peace. If God so wills it that it's gonna be done,' he said.
'I don’t want to, but if that’s what happens, I can't change anything,' he added.
He was a father of two and grandfather of four. He was the first person to be executive in Georgia this year and the fifth to be executed nationwide.
Speaking on the Christmas 1994 murder he'd lose his life for he said, 'It was a crime of passion. I lost control of my emotions.'
Morrow was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young's Gainesville home in December 1994. A third woman also was shot but survived.
Morrow and Young had been dating for about six months when she broke up with him in December 1994 because he had become abusive, a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case says.
When he went to her house on December 29 to win her back, he became violent and shot her dead in front of her five-year-old son who was hiding in his mother's bedroom.
Young was in her kitchen with two of her children and two friends when Morrow arrived.
The pair argued and Woods told Morrow to leave, saying Young didn't want to be with him anymore.
Morrow yelled at Woods to be quiet, pulled a handgun from his waistband and began shooting.
He shot Woods in the abdomen, severing her spine, the summary says. He also shot Young's other friend, LaToya Horne, in the arm.
Morrow pictured above in an old undated mugshot
Young fled the kitchen and Morrow followed her to her bedroom, where he beat her and then followed her back into the hall, grabbed her by the hair and fatally shot her in the head, the summary says.
Morrow then returned to the kitchen, fired a fatal shot under Woods' chin and shot Horne in the face and arm before leaving the home.
Young and Woods died of their injuries. Horne was severely wounded.
Morrow was arrested within hours, and confessed to shooting the women.
Morrow's attorneys have argued he was beaten and raped as a child and that lingering effects from that abuse have left him unable to properly process and express his emotions.
When Woods told him that Young had just been using him for money and companionship while her 'real man' was in prison, he snapped, his lawyers have said.
Morrow was convicted on two counts of malice murder, among other charges, in June 1999.