The 10-year anniversary of executing a death row inmate finds the South Carolina House devising a new execution method amid a lack of lethal injection drugs.
Ledell Lee was sentenced to death and executed, but an ACLU-sponsored DNA test revealed that prints on the murder weapon didn’t match.
Attorneys representing Nathaniel Woods insist that he is innocent, emphasizing that another defendant had confessed to acting alone.
The five people will be executed using pentobarbital, which replaces the three-drug procedure previously used in federal executions.
John William King, the second person executed in the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.
John William King, 44, one of three men convicted in the 1998 murder of James Byrd, Jr., will be put to death on Wednesday.