Alabama Death Row Inmate Aaron Jones Executed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - Aaron Lee Jones was executed Thursday by lethal injection for the gruesome 1978 slaying of a Blount County couple, a crime that made him one of the state's longest death row residents.

55-year-old Jones showed no emotion and had no final words, never looking toward the witnesses that included his victims' adult children. Jones kept his eyes fixed on the ceiling and lifted his head only once when the deadly drugs entered his body.

Prison chaplain Chris Summers knelt beside Jones, placed his hand on the inmate's left hand and prayed. Jones was pronounced dead at 6:29 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier in the day refused to block the execution.

The state Supreme Court yesterday refused his request to vacate the execution date. His appeal to the U-S Supreme Court was rejected Thursday afternoon.

Jones, of Birmingham, has filed many appeals over the last 27 years, the latest challenging lethal injection as a method of execution.

He was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Willene and Carl Nelson, and sentenced to death -- first in 1979 and then in a retrial in 1982. The Nelsons, who lived in the Rosa community of Blount County, a farming area northeast of Birmingham, were attacked about three-30 a.m.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Kelly Location: Alabama on May 15, 2007 at 02:17 PM
    I believe that the people who do wrong should be punished in the same way or form of whatever crime they committed. As far as the people on death row goes, they shouldn't be there for as long as this person was. No wonder the taxpayers are being taxed to death, because we the taxpayers are having to fork out more money out of our pockets to feed these people. I believe if a person is in prison for a crime, and death row inmates should have a time limit on how long they are there. There is no logical reasoning why a person is there for that amount of time....Everything is high enough without the public having to take care of the ones who are behind bars for whatever reason.
  • by Brian on May 13, 2007 at 12:52 PM
    I believe in Jesus myself and he himself said,,,"render unto Caesar that which is Caesars' and unto God that which is Gods'"So unless the laws go against the Bible we as Christians must support them,unlike abortion.
  • by Caren Location: Alabama on May 8, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    I am quite upset that the comment I submitted that was against this cruel and horrible practice didn't get posted, while the many which condone it were accepted by WTVY. What ever happened to fair and balanced media? There are many people in this state who believe that killing is wrong in ANY form, and that includes execution. We deserve to be heard! I refuse to condone the terrible act committed by Jones -- it was wrong and he deserved to be punished heavily for his actions. However, killing him didn't make Alabamians safer. The only purpose it served is revenge, and for those of us who believe in the Judeo-Christian God, we are taught that "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord". When we take it upon ourselves to judge whether a person deserves to live or die, we are choosing to play the role of God, and this is simply not within our capacity as human beings to do. My heart goes out to the Nelson family, but my heart also goes out to the Jones family, and I hope all parties involved find peace.
  • by Steve Location: Geneva on May 7, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    We need to clean up death roll, and teach these cruel people a lesson, he should have been killed the same way he killed the couple. It is not right that he gets an easier death.
  • by bob Location: in a galaxy farfar away on May 7, 2007 at 08:12 AM
    27 years?? come on he should of been taken care of a long time ago.. shoot them as soon as it happens
  • by Tyrone Location: Dothan on May 6, 2007 at 05:08 PM
    wonder why it had to cost the tax payers all that money to keep him alive,if they were going to kill him anyway.
  • by Tom Location: Council Bluffs, IA. on May 6, 2007 at 02:43 PM
    I just can't understand (even with "many appeals") how a person can delay execution 27 years. To my way of thinking the on again-off-again of execution is inhumaine. Challenges should be delt with so that execution can be accomplished within 1 year of appeal, if found guilty the second time.
  • by georgia Location: dothan on May 4, 2007 at 01:54 PM
    good riddance.what took so long
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