News

US man executed for triple police murder

March 6, 2020 01:15 PM


Twitter Share Facebook Share WhatsApp Share

The US state of Alabama on Thursday executed a man found guilty of murdering of three police officers, despite a campaign to save him by activists including celebrity Kim Kardashian.

Nathaniel Woods, 44, was accused of being the "mastermind" behind the 2004 deaths of police officers allegedly lured into an ambush when they tried to arrest him on drug charges.

Woods did not pull the trigger but was given the same sentence as the gunman, Kerry Spencer.

Spencer described Woods as "100 percent" innocent in a recent letter to US media, saying that "I know this to be a fact because I'm the person that shot and killed all three of the officers."

Woods, who always protested his innocence, died by lethal injection.

"Tonight, justice has been served," Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement.

Woods was convicted by 10 of the 12 jurors in 2005. Alabama is the only US state that does not require a unanimous verdict to impose the death penalty.

Kardashian, a regular campaigner against the death penalty, tweeted earlier that Woods was "scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit."

She joined about 120,000 people who had urged Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to grant a reprieve.

"Are you willing to allow a potentially innocent man to be executed?" Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights leader, asked in a letter to the governor posted on Twitter.

Hours before the execution, a temporary stay was issued on the execution order, but it was then denied by the Supreme Court.

Woods was the fifth person to die by execution in 2020 in the United States.



Most Read

  1. Hurray! Summer vacations for Punjab schools announced Hurray! Summer vacations for Punjab schools announced
  2. Resham issued notice for not paying vehicle's tax Resham issued notice for not paying vehicle's tax
  3. Punjab ministry, school education dept toy with summer vacations announcement Punjab ministry, school education dept toy with summer vacations announcement
  4. Aditi Rao Hydari details her viral 'Gaja Gamini' walk in 'Heeramandi' Aditi Rao Hydari details her viral 'Gaja Gamini' walk in 'Heeramandi'
  5. Ali Zafar’s romantic getaway with wife at Cannes mesmerize many Ali Zafar’s romantic getaway with wife at Cannes mesmerize many
  6. Sarah Ali Khan to tie the knot with a rich guy this year, say rumors Sarah Ali Khan to tie the knot with a rich guy this year, say rumors

Opinion

  1. New twist in PTI founder’s strategy towards Military Establishment
    New twist in PTI founder’s strategy towards Military Establishment

    By Salim Bokhari

  2. Revoke the heat stroke
    Revoke the heat stroke

    By Dr Asif Channer

  3. Defiance, sacrifice & national resilience
    Defiance, sacrifice & national resilience

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  4. Maryam Nawaz Sharif's Police Uniform: Breaking Gender Stereotypes, Not Minds
    Maryam Nawaz Sharif's Police Uniform: Breaking Gender Stereotypes, Not Minds

    By Alysha Khan

  5. Alice Munro, Canada's 'Chekhov'
    Alice Munro, Canada's 'Chekhov'

    By AFP

  6. Pak-Saudi-Iran economic proximity
    Pak-Saudi-Iran economic proximity

    By News Desk