Panel to hold clemency hearing for Georgia death row inmate

Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die this week are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare his life.

The parole board has scheduled a clemency hearing Monday for Kenneth Fults.

The 47-year-old inmate is set to be executed Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson. Georgia executes inmates using an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.

Fults pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during a burglary in January 1996, and a jury sentenced him to die.

In a clemency petition, Fults' lawyers detail an extremely tough childhood and an intellectual disability that keeps him from acting appropriately. They also point out flaws in his sentencing trial.

The parole board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence.