2017-05-30 13:22:51 UTC
Size of Alabama's death row population ensures long delays between sentencing
Tommy Arthur was executed May 26, 34 years after Arthur was first sentenced to
die for a 1982 murder for hire killing.
Looking at Alabama's death row population, Arthur's won't be the last case with
long delays between sentencing and execution
Alabama has 183 inmates currently on death row, according to the Alabama
Department of Corrections.
That's the 4th highest total in the country, according to the Death Penalty
Information Center in Washington, D.C.
Alabama has the 25th largest U.S. population. While the death row and total
population numbers don't line up, Alabama ranks in the top 5 or 6 in the U.S.
for annual murder rate, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
multiple other sources.
Texas has conducted the most executions, 521, in the U.S. since the Supreme
Court lifted the death penalty ban in the mid-1970s, the Death Penalty
Information Center reports. That's almost 10 times the execution total for
Over the past 5 years Texas has averaged 12 executions per year, according to
the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
To put Alabama's death row population in perspective, if Alabama followed the
Texas model of an execution every month:
It would take Alabama nearly 17 years to execute all of the inmates currently
on death row.
Texas' execution rate has also slowed since 2015, figures show. The state
executed 7 people last year and is set for 8 executions in 2017.
Based on current figures, if Alabama performed 8 executions a year, it would
take 23 years to kill every inmate currently on death row.
Over the past 5 years, Alabama has conducted 4 executions. The state has
scheduled Robert Melson for execution on June 8. Melson has been on death row
Currently 31 U.S. states have the death penalty on their books. 19 states don't
impose the death penalty.
(source: WHNT news)
State seeks death penalty in 2016 E'town case
Taliyah Rochea Woods, 21, of Radcliff, is charged with complicity to commit
murder, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if
convicted; 2counts of complicity to commit 1st-degree robbery, a Class B felony
punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted; complicity to commit
2nd-degree assault, a Class C felony punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison, if
convicted; and complicity to tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony
punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison, if convicted.
She was arrested Jan. 30, 2016, and remains in custody.
Commonwealth's Attorney Shane Young filed a notice of aggravating circumstances
in the case, which allows for the death penalty should Woods be convicted of
the Jan. 27, 2016, killing of Windell Jones, 22, inside his Westport Road
If convicted, based on Young's filing, Woods also could face life without
parole or life without parole for 25 years, if a jury decides not to impose a
Young said as long as an aggravating circumstance occurs at the time of a
homicide, such as a robbery or burglary, the death penalty could be sought.
Woods is1 of 4 arrested and indicted in the case. All face the same charges.
Monti Lopez-Olivera, 20, of Radcliff, accepted a 20-year plea deal in the case.
Tyheim Taylor and Braylond Buckler, both 18 and of Elizabethtown, also are
charged in the case. Taylor and Buckler will be tried as adults even though
they were 17 at the time.
Young has called the shooting death of Jones a "very coordinated" effort of
individuals seeking money, drugs or both.
Earlier this month, Woods' attorney, Audrey Woosnam, filed 3 motions with the
Office of the Kentucky Attorney General challenging the constitutionality of
the death penalty in Kentucky and as applied against Woods.
The trial currently is set for Oct. 16. It previously was delayed in April and
June of this year.
Young said although only 1 person shot Jones, all are being charged with the
"According to laws in Kentucky, when you go to commit a robbery and you shoot
someone, all are responsible for it," he said. "It doesn't matter who pulled
the trigger; it's like everybody pulled the trigger."
Jones was in his residence with another man when Jones answered the door just
after midnight Jan. 27 and was shot from close range in the chest. He was
pronounced dead at his home by the Hardin County Coroner's Office. Young said
the other man at the residence was not involved in the crime.
Among the evidence in the case, according to court documents, are 67 CDs of
discovery evidence; interviews of 18 people, including all charged; DNA
samples; bank account documents; pictures of burned debris; and cellphone
Jones was an employee of Roxie's Restaurant in Elizabethtown at the time of the
Another person, Victoria Lambert, was labeled by Elizabethtown police as a
"person of interest." She has been interviewed by authorities and has not been
(source: The News-Enterprise)
STARVIN' FOR JUSTICE 2017
The 24th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty
June 29 through July 2
Outside the U.S. Supreme Court -- Washington, DC
Mark your calendars! Tell your friends!
Online registration is open:
http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/register.html. Sign up before June 1st
and get a free t-shirt.
We hope you will consider joining the nearly 100 anti-death penalty activists
who come regularly from across the U.S. and Canada - from Florida to Alaska and
everywhere in-between. Participation can be intermittent. Some people come for
all 4 days. Some locals come for a few hours here and there. Some just attend
our evening teach in programs outside the court. Some fast, some do not. We
welcome all levels of participation.
Need assistance getting to DC? Start fundraising by asking your friends, family
or area/state death penalty group to "sponsor a faster." Get 15 people to
pledge $20 each, and you are well on your way to getting that plane or train
ticket to DC. Once there, we'll take care of your housing and all the juice you
can drink! A limited number of travel subsidies are available. Applications
available at http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/scholarship-application.pdf
-- deadline is May 31st to apply.
Can't make it but what to support the event? Donate to become a cosponsor at
Put it on your calendar: We have all the usual events, including a last meal
together on June 28th, and teach ins each night with death row exonerees,
murder victim family members, death row family members and more. Full schedule
of events is at http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/schedule.html. This year
we are asking those who are able to come early to attend the trial of 12 of our
group who were arrested in January for a protest at the Court against
executions. See more at http://www.abolition.org/jan17/
Be social: Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter at
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For the full schedule of events, including details on lodging, travel and other
logistics, visit http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil/. To help with funding,
or to volunteer, please contact the Abolitionist Action Committee at
518-768-1867 or ***@abolition.org.
Background: The Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC) has held a 4 day vigil at
the Supreme Court every summer since 1994, from the dates of June 29 to July 2,
to mark 2 very important court decisions about the death penalty. The AAC is an
ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public
education for alternatives to the death penalty through non-violent direct
action. Visit them online at www.abolition.org.
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