Washington (HRNW) A man convicted more than two decades ago of shooting and killing his ex-wife’s boyfriend and then bludgeoning her to death with the shotgun he used was executed by lethal injection in Georgia on Wednesday.
Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, was declared dead at 9:05 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, the state’s Department of Corrections said in a statement. Lance was convicted 21 years ago of killing his former wife, Sabrina “Joy” Lance, and her boyfriend, Dwight “Butch” Wood, in Jackson County.
He was the first inmate in Georgia and the second in the United States to be executed in 2020. Georgia executed three men in 2019.
Shortly before midnight on Nov. 8, 1997, Lance called his ex-wife’s father, who told him Sabrina Lance was not home. Lance then went to Wood’s house, kicked in the front door and shot Wood with a shotgun. He then beat Sabrina Lance with the butt of the gun, which broke into pieces during the attack, prosecutors said.