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

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  • by JW Location: Dothan on May 27, 2010 at 04:22 PM
    Good riddance, this should have happened years ago though. I wonder just how much of our tax dollars have been spent over these last 31 years on this jerk? Hmm, food, water, cable, internet, medical help, shelter...it seems like we could have saved a ton of money having executed this criminal WAY before now! He got to live to be 63 years old, that poor girl he slaughtered didn't even make it to be 30!
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