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Murderer makes last meal request
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Condemned murderer and one-time Dawson County resident, Tommy Lee Waldrip, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection tomorrow, July 10, at 7 p.m., at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Waldrip, 68, requested a last meal consisting of a medium pepperoni pizza, salad with extra onions, green peppers, French dressing and a chocolate milkshake, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Waldrip was sentenced to death for the April 1991 beating and shooting death of 23-year-old Keith Evans.

Evans was a 1985 graduate of Dawson County High School.

In the summer of 1989, Evans was the only eyewitness to an armed robbery of the Food Center in Cumming, where he worked as the night manager. During the day, he was studying to be an accountant.

Evans disappeared shortly after leaving work at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 1991. Two hours later, his nearly new pickup truck was found on fire in a densely wooded area, off Highway 52, near the Dawson-Gilmer line.

According to court documents, Evans had been run off the road, shot in the face and neck with birdshot, beaten to death with a blackjack, and buried in a shallow grave.

There have been 54 men executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1973. If executed, Waldrip will be the 32nd inmate put to death by lethal injection.

There are presently 90 men and one woman on death row in Georgia.

Waldrip is the oldest at 68.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for today, July 9. The board may decide to deny clemency, sentence the convicted to life without parole, or call for a 90-day stay of execution to allow the board to review any new information.

The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison is located 45 minutes south of Atlanta, off Interstate 75: 2978 Hwy. 36 W., Jackson.