02 November 2019 :
The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated 2 death penalties for Nicholas Cody Tate. Tate, now 39, White, was sentenced to death for the Dec. 11, 2001 murders of Chrissie Williams 26, and her young daughter, Katelyn, 3. But hours before his execution in 2012, Tate filed a state petition for habeas corpus and his motion for a stay of execution was granted. Habeas corpus allows convicted prisoners to challenge their convictions in the county where they are incarcerated. In 2018, Tate’s death sentences were dropped by a habeas court. Georgia appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court while Tate’s attorneys appealed the habeas court’s denial of relief for Tate’s other claims, including that his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. “We reverse and reinstate Tate’s death sentences,” Justice Robert Benham wrote in a 138-page, unanimous decision released Thursday. On Dec. 11, 2001, Nicholas Tate (then 21) and his 2 brothers (Dustin Tate, then 18, and Chad Tate, 15) burglarized Williams’ home, planning to steal money and drugs. While in the home, Chad Tate slit the 3-year-old’s throat, killing her. Nicholas Tate shot Williams in the head. A year after the murders, Dustin and Chad Tate each pleaded guilty in Paulding County in exchange for life prison sentences with the possibility of parole. Nicholas Tate pleaded guilty to the murders in 2005 and waived a trial by jury. At one court hearing, Tate said he deserved the death penalty.