Nathaniel Woods, who was convicted within the 2004 killings of three Birmingham, Ala., cops, was put to dying by a deadly cocktail of medication late Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court docket denied him reprieve.
Woods, 43, reportedly had no final phrases because the medicine flowed into his physique. He was pronounced lifeless at 9:01 p.m. CST.
The three officers, Harley A. Chisholm III, Carlos “Curly” Owen and Charles R. Bennett, have been killed in a hail of bullets as they sought to arrest Woods and one other man, Kerry Spencer, at a suspected drug home in Birmingham.
Though prosecutors mentioned Spencer was the gunman, Woods was convicted as an confederate on capital homicide fees.
Instantly after Woods’ dying, Gov. Kay Ivey launched a press release saying no argument was made throughout his trial that he had “tried to cease the gunman from committing these heinous acts.”
“A jury of Mr. Woods’ friends convicted him of 4 counts of capital homicide. Prior to now 15 years, his conviction has been reviewed at the least 9 occasions, and no courtroom has discovered any purpose to overturn the jury’s determination,” Ivey mentioned.
The case garnered nationwide consideration and advocates for Woods, together with Martin Luther King III, the son of the late civil rights chief, fought to dam the execution, arguing that Spencer was solely answerable for the slayings.
In a letter to Ivey, King mentioned Woods’ case “seems to have been strongly mishandled by the courts” and will end in “an irreversible injustice.”
“Are you keen to permit a doubtlessly harmless man to be executed?” he requested the governor.
Hours earlier than the deadly injection, the U.S. Supreme Court docket issued a brief keep to think about remaining appeals within the case — however in the end denied the inmate’s petitions.
In a letter late Thursday to Woods’ lawyer, Lauren Faraino, earlier than the execution was carried out, the governor’s normal counsel, William G. Parker, Jr., mentioned Ivey didn’t “intend to train her powers of commutation or reprieve on this case.”
Alabama ranks seventh amongst states with essentially the most executions since 1976, having put to dying 67 inmates in that interval. Texas tops the checklist, with 566 executions, adopted by Virginia, with 113.