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Nathaniel Woods was convicted for playing a role in the shooting of three Alabama police officers in 2004. Just hours prior to the execution the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the case and temporarily halted the execution but ultimately decided that they would not intervene.
Woods who was 43 years old died by lethal injection just after 9 pm on Thursday night. He had no final words before he died.
However it appears that Alabama might have executed an innocent man. Kerry Spencer, the co-defendant in the case, stated that Woods did not play a part in the shooting.
“Nathaniel Woods is 100% innocent. 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 murdering. Nathaniel Woods doesn’t even deserve to be incarcerated, much less executed.”
– Kerry Spencer
Many supporters of Woods including Martin Luther King’s son, begged for a last minute appeal claiming the man’s innocence. Many claimed he had an unfair trial.
“In the case of Nathaniel Woods, the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Governor of the State of Alabama are reprehensible, and have potentially contributed to an irreversible injustice. It makes a mockery of justice and constitutional guarantees to a fair trial.”
– King Jr.
While evidence in the case showed that Woods did not pull the trigger prosecutors argue that he helped plan the attack. Officers responded to the home in 2004 to serve a misdemeanor warrant. Officers claim that Woods set up an ambush that allowed Spencer to shoot the officers.
However Spencer claims that the shooting was in self-defense as officers attacked Woods. This statement was not permitted at the trial. The one officer who survived stated that Woods did not pull the trigger but he believes he played a role in planning the attack.
In Alabama an individual can be put to death for playing a role in a police officer shooting even if they didn’t pull the trigger.Thin Blue Line Show Home
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