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Execution Date Set for Fulton County Murderer - Gregory Paul Lawler to be executed on October 19

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FORSYTH, Ga. – The Fulton County Superior Court has ordered the execution of convicted murderer Gregory Paul Lawler. The court ordered the Georgia Department of Corrections to carry out the execution on a date between October 19-26, 2016. Commissioner Homer Bryson has set the date for Wednesday, October 19, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7 p.m.

Gregory Paul Lawler was convicted in 2000 for the murder of Atlanta Police Officer John Sowa. If executed, Lawler will be the 44th inmate put to death by lethal injection.

Media interested in a picture of Lawler and a listing of his crimes may go to the GDC website (

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners.  It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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