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James E. Donald
Albert R. Murray
Vice Chair
L. Gale Buckner
Robert E. Keller
Terry E. Barnard
News Release
For Immediate Release   Contact: Steve Hayes, Director
Public Affairs Office
Phone: (404) 657-9450
FAX: (404) 651-8502

Parole Board Sets Clemency Appointment for Emmanuel Hammond

January 19, 2011;


Atlanta, GA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has invited representatives for condemned inmate Emmanuel Hammond to meet with the Board on Friday, January 21, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. to advocate for clemency for him. Hammond is scheduled to die by lethal injection January 25, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.
Emmanuel Hammond was convicted in Fulton County in March 1990 of murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. Julie Love, the victim, was last seen July 11, 1988. A year later, in August of 1989, 34 year old Janice Weldon reported to police that 26 year old Emmanuel Hammond and his cousin, Maurice Porter, were responsible for Love’s disappearance. Police placed a "body bug" on Weldon and monitored conversations between her and Porter. Porter made several incriminating statements. Porter and Hammond were subsequently arrested. Porter confessed and led police to Love’s skeletal remains.
Porter and Weldon testified at Hammond's trial that on July 11, 1988, Porter, Weldon and Hammond were driving around and spotted Julie Love walking alongside Howell Mill Road in Fulton County. Love declined Hammond’s offer for a ride. Later after driving back past her, Hammond, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, jumped out, grabbed Love and threw her into the car. After unsuccessfully trying to use Love’s bank cards at an automated teller machine, Hammond struck Love repeatedly with the shotgun and Porter raped Julie Love at Grove Park Elementary School.
Weldon was dropped off at her apartment and Hammond and Porter returned to the school with Love. Using a clothes hanger, Hammond and Porter tried unsuccessfully to strangle Love as she struggled. Hammond told Porter to drive to Grove Park, where he took Julie Love into the woods, leaving Porter with the car. Porter heard a gunshot and a few minutes later Hammond returned alone, his face flecked with blood. The next morning, Weldon asked Hammond what had happened to Julie Love. Hammond later told Weldon that after Love "put her hands in front of her face," he "blew the side of her face off." He dumped her body in a trash pile and covered her up with a board.
The Board appointment will not be open to the media, but a photo opportunity will be afforded prior to the start of the appointment. Media should check in with credentials by 8:45 a.m. in the Board’s public reception office at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, East Tower, 4 th Floor, room 458. Members of the media will be given an opportunity to wait until the conclusion of the appointment to interview those seeking executive clemency for Hammond, if they choose to grant interviews.
To view a photo of Emmanuel Hammond, go to www.dcor.state.ga.us
Click on GDC Inmate Query, agree to the terms on the disclaimer page, and enter the offender’s
EF number, 255470
For more information on the Parole Board, please visit our web site at www.pap.state.ga.us