MLK’s son, others ask Alabama to stop inmate’s upcoming execution
The son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as family members of a condemned Alabama inmate, are asking the governor to stop the execution of the man who’s convicted in the 2004 killing of three police officers but wasn’t the trigger man.
Nathaniel Woods is scheduled to be executed by injection on March 5 at a south Alabama prison.
Woods and co-defendant Kerry Spencer were convicted of capital murder for the 2004 killings of three Birmingham police officers.
Several people have spoken out in favor of Woods, including a longtime friend and his sister.
“Please give him a stay because like I said, he wouldn’t harm a soul,” said longtime friend Stephanie Claybion.
"You’re trying to take his life over something that someone else did,” said Woods’ sister Pamela Woods.
In Alabama, being an accomplice in a murder, even if a person didn’t fire a weapon, can still result in a death sentence. Woods was convicted of multiple counts of capital murder and attempted murder.
One advocate for Woods quoted Gov. Ivey’s own words from when she signed the abortion ban last year.
"As she was signing it she says Alabamians have a deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God. Well, I’m here to say that Mr. Woods life is precious,” said exonerated death row inmate Randal Padgett.
“Every American deserves access to a fair trial and representation. Mr. Woods has not been afforded either – and carrying out his death sentence in the face of even an ounce of uncertainty would result in an irreversible injustice,” said Sewell.
Martin Luther King, III sent Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey a March 3 letter pleading for her not to execute Woods.
King wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the execution is an “injustice.”
Congresswoman Terri Sewell spoke out in support of Woods, saying he has not been given a fair chance.
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