There are currently 182 prison inmates awaiting their death penalty execution in Alabama. The average age of those people is 32.
The second death penalty execution with lethal injection in the last two weeks in the state of Alabama is scheduled for Thursday, May 30.
Christopher Lee Price is going to be killed on Thursday, May 30 at Holman prison in Atmore, almost two months following the previous attempt at his execution which was canceled at the very last moment. Price was convicted and sent on death row because he had murdered Bill Lynn, the Fayette County preacher in 1991.
Alabama state originally planned to execute Price’s death penalty on April 11 this year, but the execution was called off at the last moment by appellate and federal courts.
The U.S. Supreme Court received an appeal from the State of Alabama and requested Price’s stay be lifted. However, the court failed to respond and issue an opinion before 12 a.m., when the death warrant of Price had already expired.
Price had previously stated that the lethal injection procedure was mishandled at earlier executions and that the method could lead to wrongful suffering and pain. Instead, Price asked for the opportunity to choose nitrogen gas as a method of execution, which was approved by Alabama authorities last year. Still, the country has yet to establish the protocol for carrying this method out. The state announced that Price had failed to request to be executed with nitrogen gas in 2018 according to the statute of the state, despite his lawyer claiming he had not been notified properly about the time-frame in which he would have been able to opt for the method in question.
Price demanded to get married before the execution that was supposed to take place in April. He married his fiancée on April 10, in the Holman Correctional Facility yard, just one day before the scheduled execution.
Price was only 19 years old when he committed the crime for which he was sentected to death. He and his friend came up to Lynn in front of his home in Bazemore three days before Christmas. Lynn was examining the power box when the two friends approached him and attacked him. Bessie, the late Lynn’s wife, testified following the occurrence and stated that the two attackers had beaten her up after killing her husband prior to stealing money and jewelry from their home.
Prosecutors state that Bill Lynn died at a hospital about 45 minutes following the attack during which he had been stabbed with a dagger and a sword 38 times.
According to the April 11 statement of the prison officials, Bill Lynn’s widow Bessie Lynn and his two daughters, two grandsons, and a nephew were prepared to witness the execution of Price.
Price was found guilty of the crime and was sent to the death row in 1993 when a Fayette County jury sentenced him to death by a vote of 10–2. Price later attempted to challenge his sentence, claiming that his original trial attorney was not prepared enough for the phase of his trial involving the penalty. Price stated that his then-lawyer had failed to present the evidence of physical and sexual abuse Price had been subject to prior to the attack which happened when he was a teenager. He also claimed that he had suffered the said abuse at his mother’s boyfriends’ hands. The Supreme Court rejected to review his case in 2013.
Price’s execution will be the second death penalty execution in the state of Alabama in May of the current year. The first one took place on May 16, when the state killed Michael Brandon Samra, who had been sent to the death row because of his participation in a quadruple homicide.
Domineque Ray was executed in February by the state of Alabama, following an 11-hour long U.S. Supreme Court ruling that had canceled an execution stay awaiting a religious rights claim. A narrow majority was responsible for deciding that Ray had waited too long to bring up the matter.
Ray, who was a Muslim, had claimed that the state’s practice of involving a Christian prison chaplain in the procedure was not in accordance with the First Amendment. Ray requested that his imam be present during his execution. However, the state responded that it would not allow anyone but trained prison personnel in his chamber.
In the court filings that followed, the state of Alabama changed its practice and stated that no religious leader, not even the Holman prison chaplain, would be allowed to be present during executions of death penalties.
Ray’s execution and Price’s delayed execution that was supposed to happen in April, along with numerous similar cases in other states, have brought to light the tension of the highest court in the nation. The court provided an exceptional trove of documents on May 13. The Associated Press regarded the documents as internal quarreling over the death sentence.