William Glenn Boyd was put to death Thursday for the 1986 kidnapping and murder of an Alabama couple.
Boyd was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m. CDT at Holman Prison. The 45-year-old Boyd was put to death by lethal injection. When Warden Tony Patterson asked if he had any last words, Boyd quietly said "no."
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Boyd's last-minute appeal about three hours earlier. The condemned man had asked the Supreme Court to stop the execution, arguing that the judge violated state and federal rules when he imposed a death sentence after the jury recommended a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Boyd's last hope had then rested with Gov. Robert Bentley, who received a clemency request from the inmate. Bentley's communications director, Rebekah Mason, said the governor was briefed on the case and after a "thorough review" let the execution take place without commenting or issuing an order.
Boyd's request to the governor marked the first time Bentley, a Baptist deacon, retired physician and Republican who took office in January, had been asked to consider a request for mercy from a condemned inmate. There were 25 executions in Alabama during the two terms of Bentley's predecessor, former Gov. Bob Riley.
Strapped to a hospital gurney in the stark white execution chamber, the heavyset, bald Boyd stared at the ceiling and showed no emotion as he was administered the lethal combination of drugs. Holman Chaplain Chris Summers kneeled beside Boyd, held the inmate's hand and prayed softly. At one point Boyd seemed to speak quietly while Summers prayed.
Boyd's eyes closed for the last time and he appeared to lose consciousness as Summers finished his prayer.
Boyd was the second person executed in Alabama this year and the 51st since the state resumed executions in 1983 after an 18-year court-ordered moratorium.
The prisoner spent Thursday visiting with his attorneys, friends and relatives. For his last meal he requested chicken, French fries, apple sauce, tomatoes and orange drink. During the day, he also had a meatball sub, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, a V8 Splash drink and coffee from a vending machine in the visitation area, said prisons spokesman Brian Corbett.
Boyd gave his few belongings, including a small television and a Bible, to other death row inmates.
Boyd and Robert Milstead were convicted in the kidnapping and shooting deaths of Fred and Evelyn Blackmon in Calhoun County. Boyd had dated the daughter of Evelyn Blackmon from a previous marriage.
After the Blackmons were kidnapped from their home, they were separated and Fred Blackmon was forced to cash a check for $5,000 at a bank drive-in window. Court records show the couple was driven to a rural isolated area where they were shot to death separately.
Milstead testified against Boyd in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Alabama Supreme Court earlier this week rejected Boyd's motion to stop the execution.
In their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Boyd's attorneys said the death sentence should be overturned because the jury recommended life without parole and "the trial judge substituted his own opinion without any special deference to the jury's life verdict and without relying on any evidence unknown to the jury."
Deputy Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the trial judge considered the circumstances of the crime and did have reason to override the jury's sentencing recommendation. He said various courts already have reviewed the issues raised by Boyd in previous appeals.
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