44-year-old Nathaniel Woods who was on the temporary stay was executed on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme court lifted its stay. He was convicted for his role in plotting the shooting of three Birmingham police officers. The incident occurred in 2004. His execution took place in the Holman Prison by lethal injection at 6.00 pm.
However, a lot of controversy surrounds the Woods execution case. This is especially in the face of the fact that Woods co-defendant Keery spencers’ statement.
Keery was the one who had pulled the trigger and killed the policeman. He has already confessed to his crime.
Here are the words of Kerry Spencer as quoted, “Nathaniel Woods is 100% innocent,” Spencer, who remains on death row, wrote in an open letter. “I know that to be a fact because I’m the person that shot and killed all three of the officers that Nathaniel was subsequently charged and convicted of murder. Nathaniel Woods doesn’t even deserve to be incarcerated, much less executed.”
Woods family had gathered the signatures of prominent activists to get him clemency.
However, it was not enough. Gov. Kay Ivey, who was presented with the signed petition to save Woods from execution made the following statement. “After thorough and careful consideration of the facts surrounding the case, the initial jury’s decision, the many legal challenges and reviews, I concluded that the state of Alabama should carry out Mr. Woods’ lawfully imposed sentence this evening.
This case was supported by the like of Kim Kardashian and Martin Luther King III. With the execution carried out, questions about Alabama’s treatment of its back population have reared its head again.