ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama inmate has been executed for the 1990 killing of a mother of six, his death witnessed by all of the victim's grown children from a room steps away.
Willie McNair, 44, was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. Thursday after a lethal injection at Holman Prison. He was condemned for the stabbing death of Ella Foy Riley, a 68-year-old retired textile worker.
Alabama's governor signed a law recently to allow six witness from the victim's side and six from the inmate's side to witness state executions. Previously it was two from each side. Riley's six children said afterward they waited 19 years for justice. Each wore a button bearing a photograph of their mother and the words: "You are not forgotten." No relatives for McNair witnessed his execution.