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Andrew Cook's Execution Won't Be Blocked By Judge Richard J. Leon

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This undated file photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows inmate Andrew Allen Cook. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency in the case of a death row inmate set to be executed on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Cook was convicted in the 1995 slayings of two Mercer University students. Grant Patrick Hendrickson and Michele Lee Cartagena were shot several times as they sat in a car at Lake Juliette, in Georgia. | AP

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia has executed a 38-year-old inmate convicted of killing two college students in 1995.

Andrew Allen Cook was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m. Thursday.

The two Mercer University students were shot several times as they sat in a car at Lake Juliette.

Cook apologized to both his family and the victims' families.

Cook didn't know either victim, and authorities say the crime was random.

The Georgia Appeals Court on Wednesday temporarily stayed Cook's execution to consider a challenge to the state's lethal injection procedure. But the Georgia Supreme Court lifted the stay Thursday. Other appeals were exhausted.

Cook was the first inmate to be executed since the state changed its execution procedure in July from a three-drug combination to a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital.

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