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Execution set for 1986 St. Simons murder

POSTED: February 26, 2009 10:00 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Georgia attorney general's office says the execution of a man convicted in the 1986 fatal stabbing of a St. Simons woman has been scheduled for March 10.

The attorney general's office says Robert Newland will be executed by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. He was convicted and sentenced to die in 1987 for the fatal stabbing of his neighbor, 27-year-old Carol Sanders Beatty. She was killed in the garden of her home.

Prosecutors said Newland called Beatty, a former diving champion, out of her home and tried to kiss her. They said that when she refused his advances, Newland slashed her neck and stabbed her repeatedly.

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