After spending almost over one and a half-decade in Holman Correctional Facility, the 2004 Police officer killing spree Alabama convict Nathaniel Woods was executed.
The execution happened on 5 March 2020 in his home town of Alabama.
From the time he was convicted as a murder, several social activists and celebrities were defending Nathaniel.
This wiki-style article has brought you the details on the case of Nathaniel Woods.
Story Of Alabama Convict Killer
On 17 July 2004, four police officers — Carlos Owen, Harley Chislom III, Mike Collins, and Charles Robert Bennett — were caught in a shoot-out against the convicted Nathaniel Woods and Kerry Spencer.
Initially, the four officers were there to serve an arrest warrant on Nathaniel for the misdemeanor assault that had transpired earlier.
A man — who was outside the apartment before the arrest of Nathaniel was attempted — told the police that he wanted nothing out of the event that is going to transpire.
Two of the officers, Owen and Collins approached to secure the rear door of the apartment while the officers Chislom and Bennet approached the front door. When Nathaniel approached the rear-end door, officer Owen informed him about the due warrant that he had.
Nathaniel defended himself claiming he hasn’t done anything to be an outstanding warrant on his name. The argument escalated.
Officer Chisholm, who was holding the warrant, came to the back door and showed it to Nathaniel. To that, Nathaniel declined claiming they’ve got the wrong man and it wasn’t him.
After that, Nathaniel threatened police to come and get him as he retreated further inside the apartment. Officer Chisholm followed by Officers Collins and Owens opened the screen door and went inside the apartment.
“They are Coming out the front,” a radio transmission came from Office Bennet to Office Collins.
Officer Collins was rushing out to assist Officer Bennet when the gunfire echoed outside. Few seconds after, radio broadcast from Officer Collins came, “Shots fired. Double caught. Officer down.”
As officers were attempting to arrest Nathaniel, the second-convict Kerry Spencer came out shooting with a rifle. Officers Owen and Chisholm was shot multiple times.
Both Nathaniela and Kerry fled to a friend’s house after the shoot out.
The police department started a massive manhunt in search of Nathaniel and Kerry. Both of the involved were arrested later that day. The disastrous mayhem ended up taking the lives of three officers Owen, Chisholm, and Bennet while Officer Collin had a minor injury.
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Death & Update
On 5 March 2020, Nathaniel Woods was executed after almost 15 years of sentencing.
The trial revealed that the apartment where the four officers went in to arrest Nathaniel was a drug house. At a time, there used to be 100-150 customers used to crowd the place.
After the search in the house, police found several weapons laying around.
And as for sentencing, both Nathaniel and Kerry were found guilty and charged with death sentence for murdering three police officers.
Out of twelve jurors, only ten said that he deserved a death penalty. Either way, he was given a death penalty.
Kerry Spencer, claimed since his arrest that, Nathaniel was not guilty of killing three police officers. He remarked Nathaniel didn’t even have a gun on him and ran away when the shooting started.
All the relatives, co-defendant, and attorney pleaded him not being guilty whereas he was accused of being the mastermind of the incident.
After exhausting all the options, Nathaniel said his last goodbye to his family and friends on Thursday afternoon.
On Thursday night of 5 March 2020, the execution happened which lasted 15 minutes.
Reactions From Celebrities
Attorneys representing Nathaniel Woods were arguing the constitutional claim that he was denied effective representation at trial, which is a violation of the guaranteed rights in the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
Several public petitions were signed and collected to make the Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to stop the executions of Nathaniel Woods.
The Alabama Constitution stated that the power to grant reprieves and commutations regarding capital cases lies exclusively with the Governor of Alabama.
Martin Luther King III, son of civil rights icon went on to Twitter to share his take on it which read,
“It makes a mockery of justice and constitutional guarantees to a fair trial.”
Activist Shawn King stated,
“just executed an innocent man.“
Shaw further added,
“We are crushed that Nate experienced this grizzly injustice and crushed for his family,”
” This is a modern day lynching. He broke no laws, at all. Never fired a gun. And surrendered.”
Kim Kardashian took it to Twitter,
“Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and say Nate had nothing to do with,”
Few hours before Nathaniel Wood’s execution, the US Supreme Court temporarily halted the execution. The stay was lifted off soon after, leading to the execution.
The momentary happiness concluded with a sad ending for the Wood’s family.
Woods did not make a final statement. He was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m., the state corrections department said.
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Wiki, Wife, Parents
Nathaniel Woods was born in 1976 in Alabam, the United States. He was born as one of the three children of his parents, Pamela Woods and Nathaniel Woods Sr.
At the time he was executed, Nathaniel was 44 years old. He was sibling to Heavenly Woods and Pamela Woods, two sisters.
There were no details shared if Nathaniel ever had a wife and children.
Last modified: March 7, 2020