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Hubbard Executed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Seventy-four-year-old condemned murderer James Barney Hubbard has been executed.

Hubbard died at 6:36 p.m. Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore, making him the oldest U.S. inmate to be put to death in decades.

Hubbard died by lethal injection for the 1977 murder of 62-year-old Lillian Montgomery of Tuscaloosa. Montgomery was shot in the head and robbed after befriending Hubbard, who had been released from prison after serving 19 years for a 1957 killing.

Hubbard maintained eye contact with his daughter Barbara McKinney, who witnessed the execution from another room, until he died.

Montgomery's son, Jimmy, says he's disappointed Hubbard didn't offer an apology and didn't have to suffer a harsher death.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Hubbard's request for a stay of execution. His lawyers had argued it would be cruel and unusual punishment to execute someone so old and mentally incompetent.

Gov. Riley also refused to stop the execution.


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