Alabama Executes Second Inmate in Two Weeks

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Alabama inmate Robert Bryant Melson was executed last night by lethal injection for the 1994 slayings of three fast food restaurant workers in Gadsden. It was the second execution for Alabama in two weeks, reports The execution of Melson, who was convicted of numerous counts of capital murder, attempted murder, and robbery in the shooting at Popeye’s, was delayed by federal and state appeal courts on his requests for a stay.

The execution was set for 6 p.m. at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, but did not begin until 9:55 p.m. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn read a statement from the family of one victim, Tamika Collins, part of which said, “[Melson] feels that he should not suffer a little pain… what does he think those three people felt?… I see no feeling for anyone but himself.” Dunn said he was not aware of any other executions planned, but the Department of Corrections has supplies of the lethal drugs if necessary.

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