A man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend was executed Thursday in the southern US state of Alabama, despite objections from the victim’s family.
Joe Nathan James, 49, was sentenced to death in 1996 for the 1994 murder of 26-year-old Faith Hall.
James’ time of death was 9:27 p.m. (0127 GMT Friday) according to the Alabama Attorney General’s office. He was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection.
James had filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to postpone his execution “in accordance with the wishes of the surviving members of the victim’s family”.
“The victims and their families are at the center of our justice system and deserve to be heard about the ultimate punishment of offenders,” James’s attorney said in an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Hall’s daughters, who were six and three years old when their mother was murdered, had said they wanted to spare James’ life.
“I don’t want it to go on. We’re not God,” Terryln Hall told CBS 42.
“An eye for an eye has never been a good outlook for life,” added her sister, Toni Hall.
James was convicted of shooting Faith Hall after she ended their brief relationship.
In a statement, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said “justice has been served.”
“Joe James was put to death for the heinous act he committed nearly three decades ago: the cold-blooded murder of an innocent young mother, Faith Hall,” he said.
James was the eighth person to be executed in the United States this year.
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