Alabama set to execute convicted killer despite opposition from victim’s family – The Guardian US
Joe Nathan James Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT for the 1994 shooting death of Faith Hall, 26, in Birmingham.
Prosecutors said James briefly dated Hall, and he became obsessed after she rejected him. He stalked and harassed her for months. On the day of the murder, he broke into her apartment and shot her 3 times.
James was convicted of capital murder in 1996, but his conviction was overturned on appeal.
Hall’s two daughters said they would rather see James serve life in prison than have their mother killed. Terryln Hall said she hated James, but realized she couldn’t pass that hate on to her children. The daughters prefer for James to remain in prison serving a life sentence.
The Alabama attorney general urged the governor to let the execution go forward, saying that the jury had unanimously decided that the killer of Faith Hall deserved to die.
James has acted as his own attorney in his bid to stop his execution, arguing that Alabama officials gave inmates only a brief window of time to select an alternate execution method.
James argued that Alabama officials did not give inmates adequate notice of their right to select an alternate execution method, and that the state has not developed a system for using nitrogen to carry out death sentences.
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