Friday, August 13, 2010

Alabama Executes Man for 1992 Murder

35th Execution of 2010

On Thursday evening Alabama carried out its third execution of 2010. Convicted killer Michael Jeffrey Land was put to death for the 1992 murder of 30-year-old Candace Brown who was kidnapped from her home and later found shot in the head.

Governor Bob Riley turned down Land's request for clemency. His attorneys were unsuccessful in getting the Alabama Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution. According to the Associated Press, Land was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama after spending 17 years on Death Row.

When Holman Prison Warden Tony Patterson asked Land if he had any final statements, Land replied "No. Thank you though." Land was administered the lethal injections at about 6:13 p.m. and shortly after fell into unconsciousness as he recited prayers and held the hand of the prison chaplain.

Land is the 47th person executed in Alabama and the 1,223rd executed nationwide since the death penalty was reauthorized in 1976.

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