MATTHEW Reeves was put to death after being convicted of murdering someone in Dallas County in 1996.
Reeves was 18 years old at the time of the crime.
Mathew Reeves is set to be executed by the state of Alabama on January 27, 2022Credit: AP
Who was Matthew Reeves?
Reeves was a 44-year-old disabled Black man on death row in Alabama.
The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to let the execution by lethal injection proceed for Reeves following a court battle.
Reeves was convicted of killing a driver who gave him a ride in 1996, Huff Post reports.
The state said it was preparing to execute Reeves by lethal injection on January 27.
What are Alabama’s laws on the death penalty?
The state of Alabama is one of five states that carried out executions in 2021, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
According to AL News the state has 170 inmates on death row, the fourth most of any state, behind California, Florida, and Texas.
KRQE reported that Alabama is currently finalizing its nitrogen suffocation protocol.
State lawyers said the protocol will be ready by late April or May 2022.
Mathew Reeves was a 44-year-old disabled Black man on death row in AlabamaCredit: AP:Associated Press
The Alabama legislature approved Nitrogen suffocation in 2018.
Nitrogen suffocation (also called nitrogen hypoxia by state officials) is a method of execution.
What time was Matthew Reeves executed?
According to media reports, Reeves execution was scheduled to take place at 6pm local time.
Reeves’ time of death was 9.24pm after the Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution just before the scheduled lethal injection.
A digital reporter for CBS 42 took to Twitter to share updates.
“According to a prison official, death row inmate Matthew Reeves refused breakfast, lunch, and a final meal today.
“He made no special requests of the government that is preparing for his execution. We are still waiting on the US Supreme Court to rule in the case,” the reporter tweeted.
Prosecution and defense experts tested Reeves for intellectual disability and found his IQ is in the high 60s or low 70s, according to WIAT.
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