Alabama inmate Nathaniel Woods was executed Thursday night after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted its temporary stay to further review his case.
Nathaniel Woods, 44, who was convicted for his role in the fatal shootings of three Birmingham police officers in 2004, had been set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. in Holman Prison — the first execution in the state this year.
Woods' family and prominent activists had rallied on his behalf, collecting signatures in hopes of swaying Gov. Kay Ivey to grant him clemency, which she denied. Renewed questions surrounding his trial, accusations that his case was mishandled and larger concerns over how Alabama's criminal laws treat black defendants have caused concern in recent days.