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Alabama: Pastor Can Hold Inmate’s Hand During Execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will allow an inmate’s pastor to hold his hand during an execution scheduled for next month. In a court document, lawyers described the new procedure that will be used. Willie B. Smith is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 21. Alabama officials in February called off Smith’s execution after the U.S. Supreme Court maintained an…

Alabama Amending Execution Procedure to Allow Spiritual Advisor in Execution Chamber

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Defense attorneys rushing to stop Ohio’s first execution in three years filed court documents Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, arguing the state’s new 3-drug lethal…

Religion and the Death Penalty Collide at the Supreme Court

(Alabama Department of Corrections via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is sending a message to states that want to continue to carry out the death penalty. Inmates must be allowed to have a spiritual adviser by their side as they are executed. The high court around midnight Thursday declined to let Alabama proceed with the lethal injection of…

Alabama Set to Execute First Inmate Since Start of COVID-19 Pandemic

The state announced its plans to carry out the first execution of an inmate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Willie B. Smith Willie B. Smith is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday for the fatally shooting Sharma Ruth Johnson with a shotgun. Johnson was abducted, robbed and killed in Birmingham in 1991. He was sentenced to death in 1992….

Attorney Uses COVID-19 as a Reason to Delay Clients Execution

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A lawyer for an Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed next month is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to delay the lethal injection because of COVID-19. Fifty-one-year-old Willie B. Smith is set to be executed by lethal injection on Feb. 11 at Holman Correctional Facility. He was convicted of the 1991 shotgun slaying of Sharma Ruth…

Protesters Call Execution of Nathaniel Woods a “Modern-Day Lynching”

About 50 family members and friends of Nathaniel Woods were at the State Capitol to see Governor Kay Ivey. They wanted to discuss the lethal injection execution of Woods last week. The protest was led by Jamel Brown and Woods’ daughter, and they entered the Capitol and was given a letter. The letter was said to be from the governor….

UPDATE: Alabama Executes Inmate Convicted in Killing of 3 officers

Photo: Alabama Department of CorrectionsA man convicted in the 2004 shooting deaths of three police officers in which another man pulled the trigger has been executed in Alabama. Authorities said 43-year-old Nathaniel Woods was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday after a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore. Woods was convicted of capital murder in the deaths…