Alabama governor denies execution reprieve for Michael Samra




MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey refused a reprieve for an inmate set for execution Thursday night for a quadruple killing that occurred after a dispute over a pickup truck, the prisoner’s lawyer talked about.

The alternative apparently cleared the best way wherein for Michael Brandon Samra to be put to lack of life by lethal injection as a result of the safety talked about it doesn’t plan to file last-minute appeals.

A lawyer for Samra, Steven Sears, talked about he acquired the denial from Gov. Ivey’s office about eight hours sooner than execution, set for a state jail in Atmore.

Ivey’s employees did not reply to an e mail looking for comment.

Samra was convicted of capital murder inside the killing of two adults and two youthful girls near Birmingham in 1997. Evidence confirmed the slayings stemmed from a superb buddy’s argument alongside together with his father over a pickup truck.

The clemency request highlighted that Samra, 41, was solely 19 on the time of the killings.

Samra and a superb buddy, Mark Duke, have been convicted of capital murder inside the deaths of Duke’s father, the daddy’s girlfriend and the lady’s two elementary-age daughters in 1997. The two adults have been shot and the youngsters had their throats slit.

Evidence confirmed Duke deliberate the killings because of he was offended that his father wouldn’t let him use his pickup.

Duke and Samra have been every initially convicted of capital murder and sentenced to lack of life, nonetheless Duke’s sentence was overturned because of he was 16 on the time of the killings and the Supreme Court later banned executing inmates youthful than 18 on the time of their crimes.

Samra was 19 on the time and requested the US Supreme Court to delay his execution whereas the Kentucky Supreme Court considers whether or not or not anyone youthful than 21 on the time of towards the legislation must be put to lack of life, nonetheless the justices refused.

The request for a gubernatorial reprieve was based mostly totally on associated grounds. It moreover talked about Duke was additional in cost for the killings than Samra.

Court paperwork current Duke and Samra killed the 4 at a home in Pelham, a Birmingham suburb, on March 23, 1997. The day sooner than, Mark Duke and his father, Randy Duke, acquired proper right into a heated argument over the particular person’s refusal to let the son borrow his truck.

After enlisting associates to help, Mark Duke killed his father with a gunshot to the face and Samra shot the particular person’s girlfriend, Dedra Mims Hunt, who survived and fled to a special part of the house.

Mark Duke found the lady in a bathroom and shot her, court docket docket paperwork current. Out of bullets, he then used a knife to slit the throat of the lady’s 6-year-old daughter, Chelisa Hunt. Samra reduce the throat of the lady’s 7-year-old daughter, Chelsea Hunt, as she begged for mercy whereas Duke held the child down.

In a letter to the governor looking for mercy for the inmate, Samra’s lawyer talked about his shopper confessed to the slayings, expressed remorse and took half solely at Mark Duke’s request.

Two completely different males who’ve been teenage associates of Samra and Mark Duke on the time of the killings served jail sentences for lesser roles. David Layne Collums and Michael Lafayette Ellison, every now 39, have been accused of serving to plan and cover-up the killings.

Another execution is scheduled Thursday in Tennessee, that of 68-year-old Don Johnson, who was condemned to die for the 1984 suffocation of his partner.




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