Leeland Braley is the only prisoner on Georgia’s death row for a Pike County crime.
Braley was convicted of killing Kelli Hammond during a robbery at her Zebulon insurance agency in September 1998. Braley, whose trial was held in Monroe County, was condemned to the ultimate punishment despite pleas from his lawyer to spare his life.
Defense attorney Tammy Jacobs told jurors, “Executing Lee Braley won’t bring Kelli Hammond back. The death penalty has not stopped senseless killings. Mercy can be yours. My client was never violent before this episode.”
Hammond was the daughter of former county commission chairman Jerry Hammond and well-loved local teacher Cheryl Hammond.
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