Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (State of Alabama)

Gov. Kay Ivey released the following statement after Alabama executed Nathaniel Woods:

“On June 17, 2004, four Birmingham police officers went to the apartment of Nathaniel Woods, a known drug dealer, to issue a warrant of arrest. Unfortunately, only one of those officers lived to recount the horrendous assault upon him and his fellow officers.

“As explained by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the evidence showed that Woods was an integral participant in the intentional murder of these three officers. On the day the officers were killed, Mr. Woods talked to others about killing police officers; he taunted the officers and lured them into his apartment, where he knew they would be met by gunfire; he pointed the gunman to the third police officer; and he escaped with the gunman.

“Each officer died of multiple gunshot wounds. Two officers were shot in the back and one in the head, and none of the officers had an opportunity to discharge return fire. In fact, one officer’s weapon was still holstered.

“The state offered the testimony of 39 witnesses at Woods’ capital murder trial, including Officer Michael Collins, 25 other law enforcement officers, and forensic experts. There is no evidence, and no argument has been made, that Nathaniel Woods tried to stop the gunman from committing these heinous crimes. In fact, he later bragged about his participation in these horrific murders. As such, the jury did not view Woods’ acts as those of an innocent bystander; they believed that he was a fully engaged participant.

“A jury of Mr. Woods’ peers convicted him of four counts of capital murder. In the past 15 years, his conviction has been reviewed at least nine times, and no court has found any reason to overturn the jury’s decision.

“Under Alabama law, someone who helps kill a police officer is just as guilty as the person who directly commits the crime. Since 1983, Alabama has executed two individuals for being an accomplice to capital murder.

“After thorough and careful consideration of the facts surrounding the case, the initial jury’s decision, the many legal challenges and reviews, I concluded that the state of Alabama should carry out Mr. Woods’ lawfully imposed sentence this evening.

“This is not a decision that I take lightly, but I firmly believe in the rule of law and that justice must be served. My thoughts and most sincere prayers are for the families of Officers Chisholm, Owen and Bennett. May the God of all comfort be with these families as they continue to find peace and heal from this terrible crime.”

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Its very disturbing to me that gov ivy appoligizes to the families of the officers families who are no doubt innocent victims in the story but has no regard for the INNOCENT victims of the family of the man of whom she killed. SICK SICK SICK!!! Stop killing human beings! it makes no sence if someone is killed and that family has to go through the heartache of loing that loved one so the government kills that individual and creates heartache for another. How does this punish the individual. He is dead. It only punishes their family.


I 100% agree with you. The audacity to not give a care for his family as well. As if they are not deserving of her “payers of comfort” ..

She payed no mind to the fact that his execution was scheduled EARLIER because he did not participate in choosing which method of execution he would prefer . That’s just disgusting. He was executed sooner because he didn’t choose his preference lethal injection or the new nitrous oxide type method they have included.

I don’t understand why he was killed while the man that pulled the trigger will not be? I don’t mean I want the other man executed, no. It’s just a$$ backwards.

At the very least, she could have allowed him a proper trial. His was handled poorly with many flaws. Also, his jury did NOT unanimously choose death. Because they could not reach a unanimous decision, the JUDGE chose.

The only thing remotely positive in this is that it has sparked outrage and hopefully changes will eventually happen.


I believe Gov Ivey did the right thing under the circumstances and the law.

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