White supremacist set to be executed for 1994 murder
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Tuesday April 14, 2009
Convicted of shooting to death one of his followers
A white supremacist convicted of shooting to death one of his followers after he failed to burn down a house in Athens is scheduled to be executed later this month.
William Mark Mize is to be put to death by injection on April 28 at 7 p.m., the state Attorney General’s Office said Monday. He would be the second person in Georgia to be executed this year.
Athens-area man’s execution set
Mize, 52, has been on Georgia’s death row in Jackson since 1995, when an Oconee County jury convicted him in the shooting death of Eddie Tucker of Hull.
A former Ku Klux Klan member, Mize led a small Klan-like group called the National Vastilian Aryan Party.
He shot Tucker with a shotgun, execution-style, in October 1994 after Tucker didn’t carry out an order to burn down a crack house in Athens, state prosecutors said.
Before Mize is executed, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will conduct a clemency hearing.
Mize has appealed his conviction several times to state and federal courts, unsuccessfully. Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court refused on March 23 to review the case.
“He’s consistently maintained his innocence from the day of his arrest to this minute,” Hogue said.
Three other Mize followers were arrested and charged with murdering Tucker in a wooded area of Oconee County in October 1994.
Two of them, Christopher Hattrup and Terry Mark Allen, were convicted and now are serving life sentences in prison. Prosecutors dropped charges against Mize’s girlfriend, Samantha Doster, who testified against Mize during his trial.
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