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Tennessee and Alabama Death Row Inmates Will Be Put To Death This Evening Within One Hour Of Each Other

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Brandon Samra (Left) and Don Johnson (Right) are both being executed tonight in Alabama and Tennessee, within one hour of each other. Both have exhausted their appeals, and both have been denied clemency by their respective governors.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis is set for execution in Tennessee.


Sixty-eight-year-old inmate Don Johnson is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening for the 1984 suffocation of his wife, Connie.

Johnson would be the fourth person executed in Tennessee since August, barring a last-minute stay. The last two inmates executed in Tennessee chose the electric chair, saying they believed it offered a quicker and less painful death than the state’s default method, a three-drug lethal injection.

Gov. Bill Lee declined clemency requests for Johnson from religious leaders including the president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, of which Johnson is a member.

Meanwhile, in Alabama…

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An attorney for an Alabama inmate set for execution Thursday night says the governor has denied his request for a reprieve.


The decision apparently clears the way for Michael Brandon Samra to be put to death by lethal injection since the defense doesn’t plan to file last-minute appeals.

A lawyer for Samra, Steven Sears, says he received the denial from Gov. Kay Ivey’s office on Thursday morning.

Ivey’s staff hasn’t responded to an email seeking comment.

Samra was convicted of capital murder in the killing of two adults and two young girls near Birmingham in 1997. Evidence showed the slayings stemmed from a friend’s argument with his father over a pickup truck.

The clemency request highlighted that the 41-year-old Samra was only 19 at the time of the killings.

The lawyer for an Alabama inmate set for lethal injection in a quadruple killing says he doesn’t anticipate any last-minute appeals to block the execution set for Thursday night.

Steven Sears tells The Associated Press in an email that he doesn’t plan to file additional litigation on behalf of 41-year-old Michael Brandon Samra.

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Serial Killer Who Ruthlessly Murdered Gay Men Executed Tonight In Florida [As It Happened]

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BREAKING: Convicted serial killer Gary Ray Bowles has been executed by lethal injection, pronounced dead at 10:58 PM EDT.

FLORIDA (NTS) — A serial killer who victimized gay men along the US east coast has been executed in Florida on Thursday, after the US Supreme Court denied last-minute stays on his execution.

Gary Ray Bowles confessed to killing six men in 1994 from Florida to Maryland but was only sentenced to three deaths.

Sometimes christened the “I-95 Killer”, most of his victims were discovered nearby to the interstate corridor that traverses the entire eastern seaboard of the US.

The Florida Supreme Court denied his appeal earlier this month.

Investigators state the 57-year-old West Virginia native left an abusive household as a child and worked as a prostitute to gay men for a number of years before launching his killing spree.

He was sentenced to killing Walter Hinton, 47, and given the death penalty.

He also pleaded guilty and was granted life sentences for the murders of John Hardy Roberts, 59, and Albert Alcie Morris, 37.

Bowles, is the 99th inmate put to death in Florida since 1976 when the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court.

Bowles’ execution, as it happened.

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August Execution Set For Florida Killer Who Targeted Gay Men

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A convicted killer in Florida who authorities say targeted gay men is scheduled to be executed later this summer.


Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant Tuesday for 57-year-old Gary Ray Bowles. The execution is set for Aug. 22 at Florida State Prison.

Records show Bowles was convicted of three murders and sentenced to death for the 1994 slaying of Walter Hinton.

Authorities say Bowles agreed to help Hinton move items from Georgia to Hinton’s Jacksonville home in November 1994. While staying with Hinton, Bowles dropped a concrete block on the other man’s head and then strangled him.

Police say Bowles confessed to the killing after his arrest and professed hatred for homosexuals. Investigators say Bowles also admitted to killing five other men across Florida, Georgia and Maryland.

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Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Block Thursday Execution of Christopher Lee Price

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court is refusing to block Alabama’s bid to execute an inmate convicted of killing a country preacher with a sword.


The 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Wednesday refused a stay requested by 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price. He’s set to die by lethal injection Thursday night.

The court says an earlier Supreme Court decision prevents a delay for Price, who is challenging Alabama’s lethal injection methods.

Price’s attorney, Jonathan Ference-Burke, says they will ask the Supreme Court to review the case. They say there is no reason the state needs to cut off judicial review by rushing to execute him ahead of a trial set for next month about lethal injection in Alabama.

Price was convicted of capital murder in the killing of pastor Bill Lynn, who was slain with a sword and knife in rural Fayette County in 1991.

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