Alabama Execution

The execution of 46-year-old Anthony Keith Johnson took place Thursday night at Holman Prison in Atmore.

Johnson was sentenced to die for his role in the shooting death of a Hartselle jeweler in 1984.

Johnson did not pull the trigger and some investigators wanted the execution stayed so that Johnson could help bring others involved in the crime to justice.

So far, no one else has been prosecuted for the murder.

Requests to halt the execution were rejected by the governor and U.S. Supreme Court only a couple of hours before it happened.

The drugs were administered to Johnson at 6 p.m. Thursday and he was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m.

Lethal injection became Alabama's primary method of execution under a law passed earlier this year.

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States with No Death Penalty

  • Alaska
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Stats on Executions

  • 802 - Total number of executions since the 1976 reinstatement of capital punishment.

  • 9 - Number of female defendants that have been executed since 1976.

  • 454 - Number of white defendants executed.

  • 278 - Number of black defendants executed.

  • 52 - Number of Latino defendants executed.

  • 13 - Number of Native American defendants executed.

  • 5 - Number of Asian defendants executed.

  • 53 - Number of executions in 2002.

Most states use lethal injection as the mode of execution, but there are some variations:

  • Alabama: Lethal injection or choice of electrocution.

  • Arizona: Lethal injection of choice of gas chamber for those sentenced before 11/92

  • Arkansas: Lethal injection of choice of electrocution for those sentenced before 3/4/83

  • California: Lethal injection

  • Colorado: Lethal injection

  • Connecticut: Lethal injection

  • Delaware: Lethal injection or choice of hanging for those sentenced before 6/13/86

  • Florida: Lethal injection of choice of electrocution for those sentenced before 1/14/00

  • Georgia: Lethal injection

  • Idaho: Lethal injection or firing squad

  • Illinois: Lethal injection

  • Indiana: Lethal injection

  • Kansas: Lethal injection

  • Kentucky: Lethal injection or choice of electrocution for those sentenced before 6/1/98

  • Louisiana: Lethal injection

  • Maryland: Lethal injection of choice of gas chamber for those sentenced before 3/11/94

  • Mississippi: Lethal injection

  • Missouri: Lethal injection

  • Montana: Lethal injection

  • Nebraska: Electrocution

  • Nevada: Lethal injection

  • New Jersey: Lethal injection

  • New Mexico: Lethal injection

  • New York: Lethal Injection

  • North Carolina: Lethal injection

  • Ohio: Lethal injection

  • Oklahoma: Lethal injection

  • Oregon: Lethal injection

  • Pennsylvania: Lethal injection

  • South Carolina: Lethal injection

  • South Dakota: Lethal injection

  • Tennessee: Lethal injection of choice of electrocution for those sentenced before 1/1/99

  • Texas: Lethal injection

  • Utah: Firing squad or lethal injection

  • Virginia: Electrocution or lethal injection

  • Washington: Hanging or choice of lethal injection

  • Wyoming: Lethal injection

  • U.S. Government: Lethal injection

  • U.S. Military: Lethal injection

Source: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org (The Death Penalty Information Center Web site) contributed to this report.


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