The state of Georgia recorded all its executions since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty. Following is an uncorrected transcript of Ivon Ray Stanley's July 12, 1984 execution. Stanley was sentenced to death for murdering an insurance agent.
Ralph Kemp: This is a recording of the execution of Ivon Ray Stanley EF103603. July the 12th, 1984.
Willis Marable: Colonel Low, Mickey?
Marable: The witnesses are now entering the witness room.
Marable: The state witness have entered the witness room and have seated themselves on the front row. At this time, the news media are entering. All witnesses have arrived and have seated.
Mickey: Let's proceed.
Low: We can proceed if you're ready.
Marable: Colonel Low, Mickey. The warden has entered the execution chamber at this time, approaching the microphone and is in the process of briefing all witnesses to remain quiet and to avoid any unnecessary movements. He is also advising them that medical assistance is available if needed. The warden at this time is in the process of confirming all witnesses. All witness have been confirmed. The warden is in the process of advising all witnesses that we will now proceed with the court-ordered execution of Ivon Stanley. Mickey, Colonel Low?
Marable: We're still waiting for the execution team members to bring him into the execution chamber. Colonel Low, Mickey. The execution team is in the process of escorting the condemned into the execution chamber. He is walking, unassisted, walked straight to the chair, and has seated himself in it. One of the execution team members is now in the process of securing the back strap. The other members are in the process of securing the arm straps and leg straps.
The back strap is secure at this time.
Both arm straps are secure at this time. They are still in the process of securing the leg straps. At this time the condemned has been secured in the chair. He is not moving, he is just sitting there very passively staring out at the witnesses.
The superintendent has afforded the condemned an opportunity to make a last statement. He has declined to make a last statement.
He is afforded the opportunity for prayer. He declined this also.
The warden is now in the process of reading the essential court order to the witnesses and to the condemned.
The condemned is still sitting there very passively, no movement, staring out at the witnesses.
The superintendent is still in the process of reading the court order to the condemned. At this time, the superintendent has completed reading the essential court order. The execution team members are now entering the execution chamber with the head set and the leg band. One member is in the process of securing the leg band to the fleshy part of the inmate's right leg. Two members of the execution team is in the process of securing the head-set to the condemned.
The condemned has offered no resistance throughout. He is just sitting there very passively, not moving. The leg band has been secured to the condemned man's right leg, and also the head set has been secured to his head. Perspiration is now being wiped from the forehead of the condemned. And he is secure and ready with the execution with the exception of the hood being placed over his head and the wires being attached to the leg band and to the headset.