Man executed for 1996 killing after Supreme Court clears way
By JAY REEVES
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – Alabama has executed an inmate for a 1996 murder after a divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state, clearing the way for the man to receive a lethal injection.
The nation’s highest court rejected claims by 43-year-old inmate Matthew Reeves that he had an intellectual disability which cost him a chance to choose a still-untried execution method called nitrogen hypoxia.
The Supreme Court lifted a lower court order that had previously blocked execution plans.
Reeves was convicted of killing a driver who gave him a ride in 1996. Evidence showed he celebrated the man’s killing at a party afterward with blood stains still on his hands.
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1/28/2022 12:31:10 AM (GMT -6:00)