On Thursday night, the authorities announced that 50-year-old Michael Wayne Eggers, an Alabama death row inmate was executed using lethal injection. Eggers was sentenced to death for the 2000 strangling of Bennie Francis Murray, a carnival owner, and his employer. The convict had no last words or request before the sentence was carried out.
Alabama Man Gave Thumbs Up to Family, Friends, and Executioner
The authorities declared that on Thursday night, at 7:29 p.m., the Alabama penitentiary where 50-year-old Michael Wayne Eggers was imprisoned carried out his execution by means of lethal injection.
Before the warden left the room, he asked Eggers about any last words or request. The Alabama man declined and, instead, gave a thumb up to his executioner and to his family member. Eggers was declared dead by the prison’s doctor approximately 35 minutes after the warden stepped out of the room.
The Alabama man was sentenced to death in 2016 despite attorney trying to plead on his behalf. According to one of the prosecutors involved in Eggers’ case, the man’s court-appointed representative declared that Alabama man is mentally unstable, being diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses.
However, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled out at the beginning of 2017 that the man has proven on more than one occasion that he’s competent to stand before the court and answer for his crime.
According to the State Attorney General’s Office, the Alabama man refused to hire a lawyer, and, during his trial, he claimed that he might be the subject of conspiracy, orchestrated by the government.
In 2000, after a heated argument with Bennie Francis Murray, a carnival owner and the woman who employed Eggers, the Alabama man assault and strangled her. Murray’s body would be later discovered by law enforcement officials in a shallow grave near Birmingham.
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