An Alabama man convicted of killing three police officers to be executed

An Alabama man convicted of killing three police officers in 2004 is scheduled to be executed Thursday despite questions about his culpability. Alabama to execute Nathaniel Woods on Thursday despite questions about his culpability in killing of 3 police officers

An Alabama man convicted of killing three police officers to be executed

Lawyers for Nathaniel Woods, 42, have maintained his innocence, pointing out that another defendant in the case confessed to being the lone gunman.

Woods' attorneys have asked Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to commute his sentence -- an appeal also made by a number of activists, including Martin Luther King III.

The son of the civil rights icon wrote in a letter to the governor: "In just 2 days, your state, and the state I was born in, is set to kill a man who is very likely innocent."

"Killing this African American man, whose case appears to have been strongly mishandled by the courts, could produce an irreversible injustice," he wrote.

Woods is scheduled on Thursday to become the latest Alabama Department of Corrections inmate to be executed.

He can't do much from his cell on death row, where he remains 23 hours a day, except think about what may come to pass.

But his family has picked up where he's been limited, writing petitions, seeking legal help and having letters delivered to Gov. Kay Ivey who they hope will intervene before Woods is put to death by lethal injection.

The son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. also released an open letter to Ivey, asking her to intervene in the case. USA TODAY reported.

Standing at the doors of the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, his sister, Pamela Woods, pleaded for a reprieve.

"He's 100% innocent," she said. "Let him go, or give us time to have the courts review his case."


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