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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…

Inmate Spared from Execution by Dementia Argument Dies on Death Row

An Alabama inmate spared from execution by questions over whether dementia had erased memories of his crime has died on death row. The Alabama Department of Corrections said in a statement Monday that Vernon Madison died over the weekend. He was 69. The agency said no foul play is suspected. Madison spent more than three decades on Alabama’s death row…

Proposed Bill Would Speed up the Death Penalty Process

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth is making a push to reduce the time it takes for a death row inmate to be put to death. The proposed bill would make three main provisions to the current system to make it happen. “This Bill has been designed to proved both equal justice to inmates, and swift justice to their victims,” says…

Court Refuses to Block Alabama Execution Set for Thursday

A federal appeals court is refusing to block Alabama’s bid to execute an inmate convicted of killing a country preacher with a sword. The 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Wednesday refused a stay requested by 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price. He’s set to die by lethal injection Thursday night. The court says an earlier Supreme Court decision prevents a delay…

Alabama executes man for 1997 quadruple killing

Alabama has executed a man for a quadruple killing in 1997 that followed a dispute over the use of a pickup truck. Authorities say 41-year-old Michael Brandon Samra was given a lethal injection Thursday evening at the state prison in Atmore. Officials did not immediately release a time of death. Samra and friend Mark Duke were convicted of killing Duke’s…

8 Alabama Inmates Ask for Execution by Nitrogen Gas

A lawsuit challenging Alabama’s lethal injection process has taken an unexpected turn after eight inmate plaintiffs asked to be put to death by the state’s new execution method: inhaling nitrogen gas. The Alabama attorney general’s office and lawyers for inmates submitted a joint motion Tuesday to dismiss the litigation. Lawyers said the inmates’ claims are moot, “because their executions will…

Alabama Executes 83-year-old Inmate: Walter Leroy Moody, Jr.

  Alabama has executed the oldest U.S. inmate to be put to death in modern times, an 83-year-old man convicted of a federal judge’s mail-bomb slaying. Authorities say Walter Leroy Moody Jr. was pronounced dead at 8:42 p.m. CDT Thursday after a lethal injection. He made no final statement and did not respond when a prison official asked him if…

Lawyers for Inmate to be Executed Tonight Ask SCOTUS for Delay

Walter Leroy Moody convicted killing an Alabama Federal Judge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on the scheduled execution of (all times local): 12:45 p.m. An Alabama inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his upcoming execution. Attorneys for Walter Leroy Moody, Jr. on Thursday asked justices to stay the execution to review whether Moody’s federal sentence of multiple life terms can be interrupted for Alabama to…

Is it Unconstitutional to Execute the Elderly and Infirm?

America’s death row is graying, and that leaves courts increasingly likely to face questions of when it becomes unconstitutionality cruel to execute the elderly and infirm. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case this fall of 67-year old Vernon Madison, who killed an Alabama police officer decades ago but whose lawyers say doesn’t remember the crime because of dementia….