Alabama will execute death row inmate despite plea from daughter’s to give him life sentence

Alabama will execute death row inmate who shot dead his ex-girlfriend in 1994 – despite plea from her daughter’s to give him a life sentence instead: ‘It won’t bring our mom back’

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An Alabama man on death row for capital murder is set to be executed on Thursday despite pleas from the victim’s children asking for his life to be spared.

Joe Nathan James Jr. will die by lethal injection at 6pm at a south Alabama prison after serving nearly three decades behind bars for the 1994 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Faith Hall.

Joe James, Jr. ( pictured) will die by lethal injection at a south Alabama prison on Thursday, which will be the state's second of the year. James fatally shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Faith Hall, who was a 26-year-old mother of two, in 1994

Joe James, Jr. ( pictured) will die by lethal injection at a south Alabama prison on Thursday, which will be the state’s second of the year. James fatally shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Faith Hall, who was a 26-year-old mother of two, in 1994 

Faith Hall (pictured) seen in this undated photo, was just 26 years old at the time of her murder

Faith Hall (pictured) seen in this undated photo, was just 26 years old at the time of her murder

The victim's daughter, Terrlyn (pictured left) and Hall's brother Obito (pictured right) tried to prevent James from execution and instead wanted him to serve a life sentence behind bars but their request was denied by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

The victim’s daughter, Terrlyn (pictured left) and Hall’s brother Obito (pictured right) tried to prevent James from execution and instead wanted him to serve a life sentence behind bars but their request was denied by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey 

Hall was a 26-year-old at the time of her murder and a young mother. 

Hall’s adult daughters, who were only 3 and 6 years old at the time of her death and, adult son and Hill’s brother are now fighting to prevent James from being executed.

They instead are asking that the judge or the governor give James life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

‘I just feel like we can´t play God. We can’t take a life. And it´s not going to bring my mom back,’  Terrlyn Hall told The Associated Press in a recent telephone interview.

She added: ‘It won’t bring our mom back.’

State Representative Wanda Lingo sent a letter to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey  on Friday trying to stay the execution, but their requests were denied.

On Wednesday, Ivey said she planned for the execution to proceed. 

‘Family members just want a voice in the decision,’ the victim’s brother said, ABC 33/40News, ‘We tried.’ 

Hall’s family members told ABC News that they plan to attend part of the execution. 

James briefly dated Hall and had become obsessed with her after she rejected him. He stalked and harassed the young woman for months before he killed her on August 15, 1994, prosecutors said. 

On the night she was killed, Hall had been out shopping with a friend when James reportedly forced himself into Hall’s friend’s apartment pulled a gun from his waistband and shot the young woman three times, according to court documents, the AP reported. 

In 1996, James was first convicted of capital murder by a jury in Jefferson County and voted to recommend the death penalty, which a judge imposed. 

The conviction was overturned when a state appeals court ruled a judge had wrongly admitted some police reports into evidence. 

In 1989, James was retried and sentenced again in the death of Hall, when jurors rejected defense claims that James was under emotional duress at the time of the shooting.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall had urged Ivey to let the execution go forward, writing that ‘it is our obligation to ensure that justice is done for the people of Alabama.’

Marshall said: ‘The jury in James´s case unanimously decided that his brutal murder of Faith Hall warranted a sentence of death.’

On Wednesday, Ivey said she would not intervene in the attorney general’s decision.

‘My staff and I have researched all the records and all the facts and there´s no reason to change the procedure or modify the outcome. The execution will go forward,’ she said.

James argued that Ivey’s refusal violates religious freedom laws because the Koran and the Bible ‘place the concept of forgiveness paramount in this situation.’

James has acted as his own attorney in his bid to stop his execution, mailing handwritten lawsuits and appeal notices to the courts from death row. 

A lawyer on Wednesday filed the latest appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on his behalf.

James asked justices for a stay, noting the opposition of Hall’s family and arguing that Alabama did not give inmates adequate notice of their right to select an alternate execution method.

The state argued that James waited too late to begin trying to postpone his execution and ‘should not be rewarded for his transparent attempt to game the system,’ which lacks merit anyway. 

While the feelings of the victim’s family deserve to be considered, it said, they aren’t reason for a court to delay the execution.

James argued that Alabama officials, after lawmakers approved nitrogen hypoxia as a new execution method, gave inmates only a brief window of time to select the new method and inmates did not know what was at stake when they were handed a selection form without any explanation. 

Alabama is not scheduling executions for inmates who selected nitrogen. The state has not developed a system for using nitrogen to carry out death sentences.

James would be the second execution in Alabama this year. 

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