Panel to hold clemency hearing for Georgia death row inmate

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles says it will consider the clemency application of an inmate scheduled to be executed at midweek.

Former Navy crewman Travis Hittson is to scheduled be put to death Wednesday evening. The 45-year-old inmate was convicted in the April 1992 killing of fellow sailor Conway Utterbeck. The parole board, the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia, is planning a clemency hearing Wednesday.

Court documents show Hittson, who was stationed in Pensacola, Florida, went with two other sailors, Edward Vollmer and Conway Utterbeck, to Vollmer's parents' home in Warner Robins. Hittson and Vollmer went out drinking and killed Utterbeck upon returning home.

Vollmer reached a plea deal with prosecutors and is serving a life sentence for the killing.