Kim Kardashian tweeted support for the Alabama man executed for killing police officers

A man convicted as an accomplice in the 2004 killings of three Alabama police officers who were shot by another man was executed Thursday evening, local time.

Inmate Nathaniel Woods, 43, was pronounced dead at 9:01 pm on Thursday following a lethal injection in Atmore state prison, authorities said.

The prisoner had no last words before the chemicals began to flow, but he seemed to be arranging his hands as a sign of his Islamic faith.

Alabama’s first execution of the year came after a last-minute attempt to stop him, which included support from the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King III, reality star Kim Kardashian and others who claimed it was unfair. execute a man who did not fail to pull the trigger in the kill.

Kim Kardashian West (R) and Kanye West attempted to intervene in the execution of a drug dealer accused of killing three police officers. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
media_cameraKim Kardashian West (R) and Kanye West attempted to intervene in the execution of a drug dealer accused of killing three police officers. Image: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

The Alabama state claimed that Woods was an active participant in the killings and had later boasted of statements, song lyrics and art.

The United States Supreme Court issued a temporary stay to consider last minute appeals as celebrated by Woods’ family, but then the court denied the detainee’s petitions.

Alabama governor Kay Ivey denied a request for clemency and the decision was canceled a few hours later despite the petition for ineffective consultants and celebrity protests including Kim Kardashian who tweeted the case to his 64 million followers, asking a suspension of execution.

Woods and Kerry Spencer were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the murders of the three Birmingham officers.

The deaths of officers in a hailstorm of gunfire rocked Alabama’s largest city in 2004.

Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisolm III and Charles R. Bennett died while trying to serve a domestic assault warrant on Woods in a suspected grocery store.

Nathaniel Woods was executed for being present during the filming of three police officers. Image: AFP
media_cameraNathaniel Woods was executed for being present during the filming of three police officers. Image: AFP
Pamela Woods, sister of the convict, protested the execution. Image: AP Photo / Kimberly Chandler
media_cameraPamela Woods, sister of the convict, protested the execution. Image: AP Photo / Kimberly Chandler

Prosecutors claimed that Spencer was the trigger in the killing, opening fire on officers with a high-powered rifle inside the apartment, although Woods had been convicted as an accomplice.

The relatives of the killed officers released statements to the media after the execution, describing lives destroyed by the shootings.

Kerry Spencer is the man who pulled the trigger, killing the poolice officers, not Nathaniel Woods. Image: provided
media_cameraKerry Spencer is the man who pulled the trigger, killing the poolice officers, not Nathaniel Woods. Image: provided

“Nathaniel Woods chose her fate on June 17, 2004. That horrible day could have been avoided if she had any kind of compassion or respect for law enforcement,” said Starr Sidelinker reading a statement on behalf of Chisholm’s sister. . Greg Owen, officer Owen’s son, said in a written statement that his father was a 58-year-old grandfather who just wanted to protect people in the city where he grew up.

“Instead of returning home that day, an ambush was made, murdered and died on the floor of a dirty grocery store,” wrote Greg Owen.

Son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Martin Luther King III and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King. King III joined Kim Kardashian to protest the execution. Image: Getty Images for TIME
media_cameraSon of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Martin Luther King III and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King. King III joined Kim Kardashian to protest the execution. Image: Getty Images for TIME

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Testimony showed that officers approached a small house where Woods and Spencer were believed to take drugs; at least two other people were also inside.

After talking to Woods through a back door, Owen and Chisholm entered.

State attorneys wrote in court that Woods said he was surrendering to the officers and soon after Spencer opened fire with a high-powered rifle.

In his 2005 trial, a prosecutor told jurors that Woods was the bait and lured officers deeper into the apartment.

media_cameraA “death chamber” in a US correctional facility. Image: AFP

Owen, 58, and Chisholm, 40, were found dead in the kitchen just inside a back door and Bennett, 33, was shot dead near the main door.

A fourth officer was injured but survived.

Supporters launched a last-minute appeal to stop the execution as the case drew national attention.

Supporters claimed that Spencer claimed to be solely responsible for the shootings and that Woods received an unfair trial in 2005.

Kim Kardashian has already met with U.S. President Donald Trump to talk about prison reform. Image: Twitter / Donald Trump
media_cameraKim Kardashian has already met with U.S. President Donald Trump to talk about prison reform. Image: Twitter / Donald Trump

“He’s actually innocent,” Woods’ sister Pamela Woods told reporters outside the prison yesterday.

“Kerry Spencer, the real shooter, said many times that he did it alone without help [from] anyone.”

Spencer told The Appeal in an article about the case that Woods was “100% innocent”. “Killing this African American man, whose case appears to have been poorly handled by the courts, could produce irreversible injustice. Are you willing to allow the execution of a potentially innocent man? “Martin Luther King III had written the governor of the state, Ivey.

Woods had no last words after the keeper had read his death warrant.

At some point during the procedure, the inmate shook his left arm upward against the constraints of the stretcher. His breathing became labored and then slowed down until it was no longer evident.

No execution date has been set for Spencer, who has been sentenced in front of Woods and is on death row.

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