September 23, 2020

Alabama inmate Nathaniel Woods executed for 2004 police murders

Alabama inmate Nathaniel Woods was put to death Thursday night, three hours after his scheduled execution was initially delayed when the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in for a last-minute review of his case.

But the high court ultimately declined to intervene, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also said she would not impede the execution, sealing Woods’ fate.

Woods, 43, who was convicted for his role in the fatal shootings of three Birmingham police officers in 2004, was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. by lethal injection, the Alabama Department of Corrections said. He had no last words but appeared to arrange his hands in a sign of his Islamic faith, according to The Associated Press.

In the days leading up to the execution, Woods’ family and prominent activists rallied on his behalf, collecting signatures in hopes of swaying Ivey to grant him clemency. Renewed questions surrounding his trial, accusations that his case was mishandled and scrutiny over how Alabama’s criminal laws treat black defendants raised concerns.

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