At 9:01 Thursday evening, 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods was executed by lethal injection while incarcerated at Holman Correctional Facility, Alabama state officials confirm.
Nathaniel Woods did not pull the trigger of the gun that killed three police officers and wounded a fourth, on the fateful night that changed his life…
…But the prosecutors at his trial said he was guilty nonetheless.
It was his co-defendant, Kerry Spencer, that did murder three police officers and wound a fourth while Nathaniel stood by as officers entered a home he was at to try to serve a warrant.
Nathaniel was offered a plea deal of a maximum of 25 years behind bars, which he turned down because his legal team at the time made him think he couldn’t be put to death since he wasn’t the one holding the gun.
The entire jury at Nathaniel’s trial thought he should be put to death, except for two members of the jury who didn’t agree with that decision.
Unfortunately, Alabama is the only state that will permit someone to be condemned to death even if the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision.
And so, in 2005, the judge presiding over Nathaniel’s trial determined that he should be sentenced to death.
Meanwhile, Kerry was sentenced to death as well, even though the jury at his trial unanimously decided he should be sentenced to life in prison. He is currently still on death row.
This was a case that Kim Kardashian personally got involved with, and she spoke out about everything that happened recently with Nathaniel woods.
Instagram; Kim is pictured above
“Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with,” Kim said in a post on Twitter.
“My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to save his life.”
Twitter; pictured above is one of Kim’s tweets about Nathaniel Woods
Kerry even denied that Nathaniel had anything to do with it.
In a letter, he said, “Nathaniel Woods is 100% innocent, I know that to be a fact because I’m the person that shot and killed all three of the officers.”
Nathaniel’s current attorneys argued that there were witness statements that simply weren’t reliable, in addition to other pieces of information that shouldn’t have been allowed to be presented in his trial.
If that had been the case, his legal team says Nathaniel probably would not have been found guilty of anything except being an innocent bystander.
Early this Thursday morning, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a stay of execution to stop Nathaniel from being put to death that day.
Unfortunately, not long after the stay of execution was issued, the Supreme Court declined to review Nathaniel’s case further after the Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said she would not prevent his execution.
This meant the stay of execution was lifted.
Twitter; pictured above is another of Kim’s tweets, along with the letter from the governor of Alabama
“Governor Ivey has carefully reviewed the letter you submitted on behalf of Nathaniel Woods dated March 3, 2020, requesting a reprieve of the death sentence,” a letter from the governor stated.
“Governor Ivey does not presently intend to exercise her powers of commutation or reprieve in this case.”
“While Governor Ivey reserves the right to grant clemency at any time before an execution is carried out, she has determined, based on her review of the complete record, including matters presented in your letter, that clemency for Mr. Woods at this hour is unwarranted.”
Kim tweeted later that night after Nathaniel had passed away, “RIP Nathaniel Woods.”
Twitter; pictured above is another tweet from Kim
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