Georgia sets execution window for former Navy sailor

A Georgia judge has signed an execution order for a former Navy crewman convicted of killing a fellow sailor.

Houston Judicial Circuit Chief Judge George F. Nunn Jr. signed the order Monday to set the execution window for 45-year-old Travis Hittson. The window begins at noon Feb. 17 and ends at noon Feb. 24. The state Department of Corrections generally schedules executions for 7 p.m. the first day of the window.

Court documents show that Hittson, a Navy crewman stationed in Pensacola, Florida, in April 1992 went with two other crewmen, Edward Vollmer and Conway Utterbeck, to Vollmer's parents' home in Warner Robins. Prosecutors say Hittson and Vollmer went out drinking and killed Utterbeck upon returning to the house.

Vollmer is serving a life sentence for the killing.