| Andrew DeYoung|
| July 21, 2011, Jackson, Georgia, United States|
Kennesaw State University
Andrew Grant DeYoung Wikipedia
Andrew Grant DeYoung (May 12, 1974 – July 21, 2011) was an American who was convicted of and executed for the 1993 murder of his parents and sister in the state of Georgia. The state conducted the execution in H-5 of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison (GDCP) in Jackson, Georgia. DeYoung was 19 when he committed the murders and 37 when he died.
He was notable for having his execution videotaped. His lawyers had gained judicial permission for this to gain evidence as to "whether lethal injection caused unnecessary suffering."
On June 14, 1993, the 19-year-old DeYoung repeatedly stabbed his mother, Kathryn, while she was sleeping. Awakened by her screams, his father Gary DeYoung struggled with Andrew before also being killed. Andrew DeYoung fatally stabbed his sister Sarah in the hallway outside their parents' bedroom. He had assigned an accomplice, David Michael Hagerty, to kill his brother Nathan, but the boy escaped through a bedroom window and ran to a neighbor's house for help.
On October 13, 1995, Andrew DeYoung was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murders of his parents, Gary and Kathryn DeYoung, and of his 14-year-old sister, Sarah. According to the prosecution, DeYoung killed his family in order to collect an inheritance from their estate, which he estimated to be worth approximately $480,000.
DeYoung was the first person in 19 years in the United States to have the execution videotaped and the first in which execution by lethal injection was recorded. The previous videotaped execution had been a gas chamber execution that took place in California. Other states are now considering videotaping executions. There is open discussion concerning whether or not making executions public would sway people to be more for or more against the death penalty.
DeYoung was interested primarily in philosophy. He also spent time studying a variety of other topics, including mathematics (calculus, surreal math), the sciences (physics, astronomy, quantum mechanics), financial topics (investing, the economy), and politics. His favorite magazines were Discover and Inc.