Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Parole is scheduled to hear its first condemned clemency case this year on Monday, and the inmate’s application raises common themes of a less-than-pleasant childhood and intellectual disability.

If the board denies clemency to convicted killer J.W. Ledford, Jr., he likely will be executed by lethal injection sometime after 7 p.m., Tuesday. Ledford is scheduled to be the first killer to die in Georgia’s death chamber this year after the state executed nine men in 2016 to lead the nation. 

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