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Georgia Department of Corrections
Brian Owens, Commissioner

Director of Public Affairs
Joan Heath

Contact: Office of Public Affairs (478) 992-5248


For Immediate Release

Execution Date Set For Paulding County Murderer

Forsyth - The Paulding County Superior Court has ordered the execution of convicted murderer Nicholas Cody Tate. The Court ordered the Department to carry out the execution on a date between January 31, 2012 and February 7, 2012. Commissioner Brian Owens has set the date for January 31, 2012 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7:00 p.m.

Tate was convicted of the 2001 murder of Chrissie Williams and her 3-year-old daughter, Katelyn Williams. If executed, Tate will be the 30th inmate put to death by lethal injection.

Media interested in a picture of Tate and a listing of his crimes may go to the Department of Corrections website (

The Department of Corrections is the fourth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.