Tuesday, November 12, 2002


Execution scheduled Nov. 13 for William Putnam

ADEL - A Nov. 13 execution date has been set for a Cook County man convicted of killing two people at a rest area and another man at a truck stop in 1980.

William Howard Putnam, 59, would be the eighth man put to death since Georgia adopted lethal injection as its method of execution.

Putnam was sentenced to die for the July 10, 1980, killing of David and Katie Beck, who were murdered as they slept at a rest area in Lenox while returning from a Florida vacation.

Earlier that evening, Putnam had murdered William Hodges at a truck stop in Lowndes County.