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Death warrants signed for two convicted murderers

ATLANTA - Death warrants were signed Wednesday for two convicted killers, allowing their executions to proceed later this month.

The specific dates of the executions of Curtis Osborne and Jack Alderman have not yet been set, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tracy Smith said.

Alderman was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing his wife, Barbara, in 1974 in Chatham County.

Osborne was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing Arthur Jones and Linda Lisa Seaborne in 1990 in Spalding County.

The death warrants say Alderman can be executed between Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 and Osborne can be executed between Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

Past appeals in the two cases have failed.

The executions, if carried out, would be the second and third in Georgia this year. A man convicted of killing his wife and two stepdaughters 20 years ago was given a lethal injection in June for his crimes.

Alderman was accused of asking another man to kill his wife in exchange for a cut of her life insurance.

Court records say that on Sept. 21, 1974, Alderman asked the other man, John Arthur Brown, to come to his apartment. When he arrived, Alderman handed Brown a 12-inch wrench and instructed Brown to go into another room and kill Alderman's wife, court records say. Brown complied, striking the wife over the head with the wrench. Alderman then tackled his wife, and he and Brown killed her.

Brown was later convicted as an accessory to murder.

In Osborne's case, the two victims were found in an automobile by the side of a dirt road. Both had been shot.

After investigation, Osborne was arrested, and eventually admitted opening fire in the car.