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Two Georgia execution dates set by state

ATLANTA - State officials Thursday scheduled executions later this month for two convicted killers.

Jack Alderman, convicted of killing his wife, Barbara, in 1974 in Chatham County, will be executed Oct. 19 and Curtis Osborne, convicted of killing two people in 1990 in Spalding County, will be executed Oct. 23, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tracy Smith said.

The death warrants for the two men were signed by judges on Wednesday.

The lethal injections are to take place at the state prison in Jackson.

Past appeals by the two men have failed. Both are likely to file further appeals, and both are entitled to clemency hearings before the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

The executions, if carried out, would be Georgia's second and third 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.

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, assisted by Brown, placed his hands over his wife's nose and mouth until she was unconscious.

Court records say the two men later placed the body in a bathtub, then wrapped it in a quilt and dumped it in a creek. Brown was later convicted as an accessory to the wife's murder.

In Osborne's case, the two victims, Arthur Jones and Linda Lisa Seaborne, 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, claiming that Jones had reached toward the floor for a weapon, court records say.

However, the crime scene evidence suggested otherwise, court records say, adding that ballistics and fingerprint evidence was used to convict Osborne.

Several states have halted executions altogether or delayed some because of questions over the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures, but Georgia isn't one of them.