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Posted: January 17, 2012

Georgia sets killer's execution date

By Veronica Waters

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Barring any last-ditch appeals, Georgia has scheduled its latest execution for January 31. WSB's Bob Coxe reports it's a case from Paulding County.

The conviction and death sentence of 31-year-old Nicholas Tate were upheld by the state Supreme Court in 2010.

In December 2001, the 21-year-old and his two teenage brothers, 15 and 18, went to Chrissie Williams' house in Dallas, looking for money, drugs and weapons to steal. Evidence at trial showed that the three had visited a store to buy supplies--including ammunition and duct tape--for the crime ahead of time.

The brothers were related to Williams by marriage, and expected her to be at home since she did not have a job. The men planned to knock her out with a stun gun and rape her.

In the chaos that followed, Tate wound up handcuffing the 26-year-old Williams to a bed and shooting her in the head.

He and one brother sexually assaulted her three-year-old daughter, Katelyn, before one of Tate's brothers cut her throat to stop her crying.

They fled, but turned themselves in three days later in Oklahoma. Tate pled guilty in 2005.