Murderer Executed In Alabama Despite Victim's Family Calling For Clemency

An Alabama prisoner convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend decades ago has been executed, despite the victim's family calling for the execution not to take place.

Joe Nathan James Jr was executed on Friday 29 July
Joe Nathan James Jr was executed on Friday 29 July

Joe Nathan James Jr was put to death by lethal injection at a prison in south Alabama after the US supreme court denied his request for a stay of execution. Authorities confirmed that James Jr was pronounced dead at 9.27pm on Friday, after the start of the execution was delayed by around three hours.

The 50-year-old killer was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1994 shooting of his former girlfriend, Faith Hall, 26, in Birmingham.

The daughters of the victim said they would have preferred James Jr to serve life in prison, but Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said on Wednesday that she intended on letting the execution continue as planned.

Prosecutors described how James Jr had dated Hall for a short period of time and he became obsessed with her after she rejected him, stalking and harassing her for months before shooting her.

On August 15, 1994, after Ms Hall had been out shopping with a friend, James Jr forced his way into the friend's apartment, pulled out a gun, and shot Ms Hall three times.

The victim's two daughters, who were three and six at the time of their mother's murder, said they wanted James Jr to serve life in prison and not be executed. None of the family members attended the execution.

A statement prepared by the family said: "Today is a tragic day for our family. We are having to relive the hurt that this caused us many years ago.

"We hoped that the state wouldn't take a life simply because a life was taken and we have forgiven Mr Joe Nathan James Jr for his atrocities toward our family. "We pray that God allows us to find healing today and that one day our criminal justice system will listen to the cries of families like ours, even if it goes against what the state wishes."

Ms Ivey said: "Faith Hall, the victim of repetitive harassment, serious threats, and ultimately, cold-blooded murder, was taken from this earth far too soon at the hands of Joe Nathan James, Jr. "Now, after two convictions, a unanimous jury decision, and nearly three decades on death row, Mr James has been executed for capital murder, and justice has been served for Faith Hall."

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