Commissioner: Timothy C. Ward

Director of Public Affairs: Joan Heath

Ray Jefferson Cromartie to be executed on November 13

FORSYTH, Ga– The Thomas County Superior Court has ordered the execution of convicted murderer Ray Jefferson Cromartie. The court ordered the Georgia Department of Corrections to carry out the execution on a date between November 13 and November 20, 2019. Commissioner Timothy C. Ward has set the date for Wednesday, November 13, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7 p.m.

Cromartie was convicted in 1997 for the murder of Richard A. Slysz.  If executed, Cromartie will be the 52nd inmate put to death by lethal injection.

Media interested in a photograph of Cromartie and a listing of his crimes may visit the GDC website (

About the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC)

The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees. For more information on the GDC, call 478-992-5247 or visit


Manager, Public Affairs Lori Benoit