[Deathpenalty]death penalty news --- ALABAMA
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Fri Sep 23 11:37:44 CDT 2005
death penalty news
September 23, 2005
ALABAMA --- execution
Ala. Man Executed for Killing Family of 3
A man convicted of killing a family of three and driving off in their
vintage sports car was executed by injection Thursday.
John W. Peoples Jr., 48, died at 6:27 p.m. at Holman Prison near
Atmore, prison officials said.
Peoples was convicted in 1983 in the killing of Pell City businessman
Paul G. Franklin, his wife, Judy Choron Franklin, both 34, and their
10-year-old son, Paul.
Peoples did not look at or offer an apology to relatives of the
Franklins, but thanked his own family for their support.
The Franklins' relatives said they were relieved that Peoples was
dead, but were surprised at his apparent lack of remorse.
"Seemed a lot easier on him the way he died versus the way they
died," said Bill Choron, the slain woman's brother.
The execution was carried out after the Supreme Court denied Peoples'
request for a delay and Gov. Bob Riley turned down his bid for clemency.
Peoples argued in his plea that he had a right to die by
electrocution, as his original death sentence stipulated, instead of
lethal injection, a method Alabama adopted beginning in 2002.
The state, in its response to the Supreme Court, said Peoples missed
the deadline to request the electric chair.
The boy and his mother were beaten to death with a rifle, but the
father's body was too decomposed by the time he was found for
investigators to determine the cause of death.
Prosecutors say Peoples killed the three because he wanted their 1968
red Corvette, and he was arrested after attempting to sell the car
shortly after the killings.
Peoples' cousin, Timothy Gooden, is serving a life sentence in the
case. He allegedly was with Peoples the night of the slayings.
John W. Peoples Jr. becomes the 4th inmate executed in Alabama this
year and the 34th since the state resumed capital punishment on April 22, 1983.
He is the 39th person put to death nationwide in 2005 and the 983rd
overall since 1977.
(source: AP / Tuscaloosa News & Joerg Sommer)
Alabama inmates executed since death penalty reinstated
By The Associated Press
Condemned inmates executed in Alabama, and date of death, since the
state restored its capital punishment law in the mid-1970s:
John Louis Evans III, April 22, 1983
Arthur L. Jones, March 20, 1986
Wayne Eugene Ritter, Aug. 28, 1987
Michael Lindsey, May 26, 1989
Horace Dunkins, July 14, 1989
Herbert Richardson, Aug. 18, 1989
Arthur J. Julius, Nov. 17, 1989
Wallace Norrell Thomas, July 13, 1990
Larry G. Heath, March 20, 1992
Cornelius Singleton, Nov. 20, 1992
Willie Clisby, April 28, 1995
Varnall Weeks, May 12, 1995
Edward Horsley, Feb. 16, 1996
Billy Wayne Waldrop, Jan. 10, 1997
Walter Hill, May 2, 1997
Henry Francis Hays, June 6, 1997
Steven Allen Thompson, May 8, 1998
Brian Keith Baldwin, June 18, 1999
Victor Kennedy, Aug. 6, 1999
David Ray Duren, Jan. 7, 2000
Freddie Lee Wright, March 3, 2000
Robert Lee Tarver Jr., April 14, 2000
Pernell Ford, June 2, 2000
Lynda Lyon Block, May 10, 2002
Anthony Keith Johnson, Dec. 12, 2002
Michael Eugene Thompson, March 13, 2003
Gary L. Brown, April 24, 2003
Tommy J. Fortenberry, Aug. 7, 2003
James B. Hubbard, Aug. 5, 2004
David Kevin Hocker, Sept. 30, 2004
Mario Centobie, April 28, 2005
Jerry Paul Henderson, June 2, 2005
George Sibley Jr. Aug. 4, 2005
John W. Peoples Jr. Sept. 22, 2005
(source: Alabama Department of Corrections / Tuscaloosa News)
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