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Joe Nathan James: Alabama executed death ordinary prisoner, despite the requests of the victim family not

“Justice has prevailed. Joe James was sentenced to death for heinous act he committed almost three decades ago: cold-blooded murder of innocent young motherFaith Hall,” Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday. in a news release.

James time of death it was 21:27 local time on Thursday and he was executed by lethal injection, according to news release from the State Department of Corrections.

On Thursday, James did none special inquiries, there were no visitors and there were three phone calls with attorneys, State Department of Corrections added.

James was convicted and sentenced to death for fatal shot 26-year-Old Smith he met in early 1990s.

Earlier this week, Smith’s daughter, Terrlyn Hall, told CNN affiliate WBMA that family hoped that James would be sentenced to life in prison in prison without parole instead.

“She was a loving and forgiving person,” Hall said. of her mother. “I’m quite sure if she were here today, or if she was in in this situation she would want forgive.”

“We do not think that (execution) is called for because you won’t bring her back,” she is added.

Helvetius Hall, Smiths brother, also pushed for a prison sentence instead of death.

Joe Nathan James Jr. was sentenced to death for    1994 murder of    Faith Hall Smith.
“He did a terrible thing,” he told a local news exit. “He’s suffered enough, and I don’t think taking his life would make our lives any better.”

The execution took place after more than 25 years old of judicial appeals in James case.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey in the statement said that Hall was “a victim of repeated harassment, serious threats, and ultimately cold-blooded murder”From James.

“A fair and just verdict was passed out tonight and an unmistakable message was sent that Alabama stands with victims of domestic violence,” Ivey said. CNN reached out governor for farther comment.

According to a US court, James and Smith had an “unstable” relationship. of Filing an appeal following the outcome of the case. After they broke up he chased and harassed her, went to her home uninvited and threatening kill she and her ex-husband, feed detailed. In 1994, he followed her to a friend. home and then shot her three times, killing her, the statement said.

jury in Jefferson County found he is guilty of Smith murder and recommended death penalty in 1996 but Alabama court of The Criminal Appeals Chamber overturned the conviction on the basis of on misadmission of hearsay testimony, the appeals court asserts.

Before retrial, legal team organized plea to deal with with prosecutors in that he will get life in prison in exchange for The guilty plea but James rejected the plan, the filing says.

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“James explained that he had quite a good on death row – he had his own room, his own TV, which he could control to watch what he wanted, and a lot of reading material”innings says. “He didn’t have to worry about being attacked by other inmates because he was always one-on-one with guards.”

Jury retrial again convict James of capital murder and sentenced him to death in 1999 and the appellate courts upheld decision. In 2020 the US court of Appeals upheld the verdict and dismissed James’ claim. of ineffective counsel.

Motion to stay execution denied by US court of Appeals for 11th constituency on Tuesday.

State of Alabama last executed a man in January after the Supreme Court voted 5–4 to overturn the lower court’s decision to block the execution. Matthew Reeves, who was convicted of robbery and killing of Willie Johnson in 1996, fewer than two executed hours after.
Alabama currently has 166 people on death line. States next scheduled execution for Alan Eugene Miller on September 22, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Tina Burnside and Aya Elamroussi of CNN contributed to this report.

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