The Latest: Alabama governor refuses execution reprieve
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on an execution set for Thursday in Alabama (all times local):
An attorney for an Alabama inmate set for execution Thursday night says the governor has denied his request for a reprieve.
The decision apparently clears the way for Michael Brandon Samra to be put to death by lethal injection since the defense doesn’t plan to file last-minute appeals.
A lawyer for Samra, Steven Sears, says he received the denial from Gov. Kay Ivey’s office on Thursday morning.
Ivey’s staff hasn’t responded to an email seeking comment.
Samra was convicted of capital murder in the killing of two adults and two young girls near Birmingham in 1997. Evidence showed the slayings stemmed from a friend’s argument with his father over a pickup truck.
The clemency request highlighted that the 41-year-old Samra was only 19 at the time of the killings.
The lawyer for an Alabama inmate set for lethal injection in a quadruple killing says he doesn’t anticipate any last-minute appeals to block the execution set for Thursday night.
Steven Sears tells The Associated Press in an email that he doesn’t plan to file additional litigation on behalf of 41-year-old Michael Brandon Samra.
Sears says he’s awaiting Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s response to a clemency request made last week.
Ivey’s press office didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Samra was convicted of capital murder in the killing of two adults and two young girls in a Birmingham suburb in 1997. Evidence showed the slayings stemmed from a friend’s argument with his father over a pickup truck.
A man convicted of murder in a quadruple killing after a dispute over a pickup truck is set to be executed in Alabama.
Forty-one-year-old Michael Brandon Samra is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening at the state prison in Atmore.
Samra and friend Mark Duke were convicted of killing Duke’s father, the father’s girlfriend and the woman’s two elementary-age daughters in March 1997. Evidence showed Duke planned the killings because his father wouldn’t let him use his pickup.
Duke and Samra both were originally sentenced to death, but Duke’s sentence was overturned because he was 16 at the time of the killings. Samra was 19 at the time.
Another execution is scheduled Thursday in Tennessee .