Execution set for Thursday in 1976 Alabama murder

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's longest serving death row inmate, Thomas Whisenhant, appears to have run out of appeals and
faces death by lethal injection.

The 63-year-old Whisenhant is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Thursday in the death chamber at Holman Prison in Atmore for the 1976 rape and slaying of 24-year-old Sheryl Lynn Payton. She was kidnapped from the convenience store in Theodore where she worked as a clerk. Her body was later found mutilated.

Prisons spokesman Brian Corbett said Wednesday Whisenhant has been moved to a holding cell just feet away from the death chamber. Corbett said Whisenhant has been on death row for 31 years, 11 months and 25 days.

There have been no court filings this week seeking to stop the

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 94961024 - wtvy.com/a?a=94961024
Gray Television, Inc.