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Inmate’s Last Meal: Keith Leroy Tharpe – shot sister-in-law multiple times

Condemned murderer, Keith Leroy Tharpe, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection at 7 p.m. on September 26, at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. Tharpe was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of his sister-in-law, Jacquelin Freeman.

Tharpe’s last meal will be three spicy chicken breasts, roast beef sandwich with sauce, fish sandwich, tater logs, onion rings, apple pie, and a vanilla milkshake.

Tharpe killed his sister-in-law on September 25, 1990 when he had an argument with his wife, who left him to stay with her mother in August of 1990.

On the morning of September 25th, Tharpe’s wife and her sister-in-law, Jacquelin Freeman, met him as they drove to work. He used his vehicle to block theirs and force them to stop. He got out of his vehicle, armed with a shotgun and apparently under the influence of drugs, and ordered them out of their vehicle. Tharpe then took his sister-in-law to the rear of his vehicle, where he shot her and rolled her into a ditch. Tharpe then reloaded and shot her again, killing Freeman.

Tharpe then drove away with his wife. After unsuccessfully trying to rent a motel room, Tharpe parked by the side of the road and raped his wife. Afterward, he drove to Macon, where his wife was to obtain money from her credit union. Instead, she called the police.

There have been 69 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. If executed, Tharpe will be the 48th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 56 men under death sentence in Georgia.