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Lawyers: Juror was biased, man's execution should be halted

Lawyers for a Georgia death row inmate say his execution should be halted because of evidence of juror bias.

William Sallie killed his father-in-law in March 1990. His execution is scheduled for Tuesday.

His lawyers say a juror lied and failed to disclose domestic violence, messy divorces and a child custody battle that were "bizarrely similar" to Sallie's case. They say she bragged to their investigator that she persuaded other jurors to vote for death.

Sallie's lawyers argue in court filings that he should have a new trial because of her bias. They say that evidence has never been properly considered by a court because of a legal technicality. That technicality stems from Sallie missing a filing deadline at a time when he didn't have a lawyer.