Atlanta, December 6, 2016 – The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously denied a stay of
execution for William C. Sallie, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at
the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.
Sallie, 50, was sentenced to death after murdering his father-in-law, John Moore, and
kidnapping and raping his estranged wife, Robin Sallie, and her 17-year-old sister, April Moore.
Sallie had physically abused his wife and in 1989 she left him after he struck her with a belt,
taking their 2-year-old son with her and moving in with her parents, sister and 9-year-old brother
in rural Bacon County. The night of March 28, 1990, Sallie, dressed in camouflage clothing,
waited until everyone was asleep then broke into the house where his wife and son were staying.
He shot his wife’s parents, John and Linda Moore, as they lay in bed, killing him and wounding
her. After handcuffing his wife’s brother and mother to each other and to a bed rail, Sallie also
handcuffed Robin and April to each other, then abducted them to his trailer in Liberty County.
There he raped them. Sallie released his wife and sister-in-law the next night in Bacon County,
asking them not to bring charges. Police later found the murder weapon in his mobile home.
Following trial, Sallie was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of
kidnapping with bodily injury (based on the rapes), burglary, aggravated assault and possession
of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was sentenced to death, and in 2003, the state
Supreme Court upheld his convictions and death sentence.
Today, in addition to denying Sallie’s motion for a stay of execution, the state Supreme
Court also denied his request to appeal a ruling by the Butts County Superior Court. Yesterday,
that court denied his motion for a stay and dismissed his claim that his execution would be cruel
and unusual because it is uncommon in the rest of the United States for the death penalty to
actually be carried out. That court also dismissed his claim that the death penalty is
disproportionately administered in cases where the victim is white. Sallie’s victims were white,
as is Sallie.