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Clemency hearing scheduled for Lumpkin death row inmate
Steven Spears
Steven Spears

The parole board is set to meet for a clemency hearing the day before a Lumpkin County man is scheduled to die by lethal injection.

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 15 regarding Steven Frederick Spears. Spears is scheduled for execution on Nov. 16 at the Georgia Diagnostic Classification Prison in Jackson.

Spears was convicted in March 2007 of killing his ex-girlfriend Sherri Holland in October 2001.

The Supreme Court of Georgia upheld his murder conviction in February 2015. Spears did not appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“In Georgia, the parole board has the sole constitutional authority to grant clemency and commute, or reduce a death sentence to life with the possibility of parole or to life without the possibility of parole,” according to a board news release.

According to the Georgia Supreme Court, Spears had made four separate plans for Holland’s murder, including electrocution, bludgeoning, shooting and strangling.

Spears entered Holland’s House on Aug. 25, 2001, and strangled her.