Execution Date Scheduled for Central Georgia Murderer
A convicted central Georgia murderer has been scheduled for execution.
Andrew Allen Cook was convicted of shooting two Mercer University students at Lake Juliette in 1995. The students were identified as 22-year-old Grant Hendrickson and 19-year-old Michele Cartagena.
The incident took place while the couple was sitting in a Honda Civic at Dame's Ferry on the morning of Jan. 3, 1995.
Cook fired fourteen times with an AR-15 rifle from a distance of about forty feet and then moved closer and fired five times with a nine millimeter Ruger handgun. Hendrickson and Cartagena were each hit multiple times and killed. Cook then went to the passenger side of the victims' car, removed Cartagena, and dragged her about 40 feet. He partially undressed her, knelt between her legs, and spit on her. Cook then drove away.
Cook later confessed to his father, who was an FBI agent.
Cook is slated to die by lethal injection on February 21st.
The scheduled execution comes after the state Supreme Court upheld the state's new protocol for delivering lethal injections.
The Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by another inmate on death row to Georgia's move from a three-drug mixture used in executions to a single drug.
Executions have been on hold in Georgia since last summer.