Clemency hearing set for man who murdered two Mercer University students in 1995
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has set a clemency hearing next week for condemned inmate Andrew Cook.
It has invited representatives for Cook to meet with the Board on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., to advocate for clemency for him. Cook is scheduled to die by lethal injection on February 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification
Prison in Jackson, Georgia.
On March 19, 1998, Cook was found guilty of two counts of malice murder and two counts of felony murder in the shooting deaths of Grant Patrick Hendrickson and Michele Lee Cartagena, which occurred approximately at midnight on the night of January 2, 1995 in Monroe County.
The jury recommended a death sentence for Cook's murder of Ms. Cartagena after finding that the murder of Cartagena was committed while the defendant was engaged in the commission of the murder of Mr. Hendrickson. Cook was sentenced to life for the murder of Mr. Hendrickson.
The Georgia Supreme Court later upheld the conviction and affirmed the jury’s verdict. Cook has concluded his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.