Demise row inmate Nathaniel Woods Jr. was executed by deadly injection at 9:01 p.m. Thursday for his function within the 2004 killings of three Alabama law enforcement officials — who had been shot by one other man at a suspected drug home.
Woods, 43, had no final phrases earlier than turning into the primary individual to be executed within the state this 12 months, regardless of efforts on his behalf by Martin Luther King III, Kim Kardashian West and different supporters.
The U.S. Supreme Courtroom denied a request to halt the continuing Thursday after issuing a brief keep hours earlier. It was carried out after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey instructed the lawyer for Woods she had denied a request for clemency.
“After thorough and cautious consideration of the information surrounding the case I concluded that the state of Alabama ought to perform Mr. Woods’ lawfully imposed sentence this night,” Ivey stated. “This isn’t a choice that I take flippantly, however I firmly consider within the rule of regulation and that justice have to be served.”
Woods and the opposite man, Kerry Spencer, had been convicted of capital homicide and sentenced within the slayings of three Alabama officers, who had been killed in a hail of gunfire in Birmingham. A fourth officer was wounded and survived.
These killed had been Officers Carlos Owen, 58; Harley Chisholm III, 40; and Charles Robert Bennett, 33.
Prosecutors stated Spencer fired on the officers with a high-powered rifle within the condominium after Woods lured them in. Woods was convicted as an omplice.
Supporters of Woods argued that Spencer was the one individual liable for the deaths and that Woods acquired an unfair trial in 2005.
“’He is actually innocent,” Woods’ sister, Pamela Woods, instructed reporters exterior the jail earlier Thursday. “Kerry Spencer, the precise shooter, has said many instances that he did it on his personal with no assist from anybody.”
Different advocates for Woods, together with King, a son of civil rights chief Martin Luther King Jr., had waged an attraction, reaching out to Ivey to cease the execution because the case acquired nationwide consideration.
“Killing this African American man, whose case appears to have been strongly mishandled by the courts, could produce an irreversible injustice. Are you willing to allow a potentially innocent man to be executed?” King wrote to Ivey.
U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted Thursday that he reached out to Ivey’s workplace and expressed his issues in regards to the case to her chief of employees.
“Given the questions and mitigating points concerned on this case — and the finality of a demise sentence — a delay is warranted to offer time for an intensive evaluation of all of the information and circumstances to really be certain that justice is completed,” he stated.
Ivey stated Woods’ conviction had been reviewed no less than 9 instances and no courtroom discovered a motive to overturn the jury’s determination.
“Below Alabama regulation, somebody who helps kill a police officer is simply as responsible as the one who immediately commits the crime,” she stated. “Since 1983, Alabama has executed two people for being an confederate to capital homicide.”
Throughout the killing, the 4 officers approached the home the place Woods and Spencer had been believed to have dealt medication. After speaking to Woods by way of a backdoor, Owen and Chisholm entered. The 2 officers had been discovered useless close to the kitchen, whereas Bennett was killed close to the entrance door.
Woods stated he was surrendering when Spencer opened fireplace, state legal professionals wrote in courtroom filings.
Spencer wrote a letter, obtained by Fox Information on Thursday, saying Woods was “100% harmless” and saying he was “unjustly” charged, tried and convicted.
“I do know this to be a truth as a result of I am the person who shot and killed all three of the officers that Nathaniel was subsequently charged and convicted of murdering,” he wrote.
Attorneys requested the Supreme Courtroom to remain the execution over lack of awareness given to inmates over the execution technique. The courtroom quickly delayed the deliberate execution Thursday to contemplate his ultimate appeals, however two hours later they stated it may proceed. A separate keep was additionally denied that argued Woods had an ineffective counsel for many of his trial and attraction.
Kim Kardashian West requested her followers to “be a part of the coalition” in urging Ivey and state Lawyer Basic Steve Marshall to remain Woods’s execution. She had successfuly advocated for the discharge of convicted felony Alice Marie Johnson in a 2018 assembly with President Trump.
“#NathanielWoods is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit,” West wrote.
Marshall launched a press release following the execution.
“Tonight justice has been served,” Marshall wrote. “Nathaniel Woods considered one of two cop killers within the bloodiest day within the Birmingham police division has met his simply destiny.”
No execution date has been set for Spencer.
Fox Information’ Caleb Parke and the Related Press contributed to this report.