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August 7, 6:47pm

Alabama Executes Quadruple Murderer

Tommy Jerry Fortenberry has been executed by lethal injection for the deaths of four people in a 1984 robbery at an Attalla service station. The 39-year-old Fortenberry died at 6:16 p-m central time at Holman Prison in Atmore Thursday after his appeals to the U-S Supreme Court and the Alabama Supreme Court were rejected.

Fortenberry was convicted and sentenced to die for the deaths of the station owner's son, 21-year-old Mike Guest, 51-year-old store clerk Wilbur Nelson and 43-year-old customers Bobby Payne and his 29-year-old wife Nancy. The Paynes had come to the station to buy soft drinks and cigarettes. One of Fortenberry's attorneys, Jim McGlaughn of Gadsden, says Fortenberry lost his best chance to stop the execution when Governor Bob Riley turned down a request for clemency. Riley declined to stop the execution a day after his legal adviser, Troy King, held a clemency hearing.

Fortenberry's mother made an emotional plea to King to spare her son's life. But the legal adviser also heard passionate pleas from members of the victims' families that the execution should proceed as scheduled. The appeal to the Supreme Court was based partly on the fact that Riley did not personally attend the clemency hearing. Fortenberry's appeal also repeated previous claims that police coerced Fortenberry into making a confession and that his trial attorneys failed to do enough during the sentencing phase of the trial to convince jurors to spare their client's life. One of Fortenberry's attorneys, Jim McGlaughn of Gadsden, says Fortenberry lost his best chance to stop the execution when Governor Bob Riley turned down a request for clemency. Riley declined to stop the execution a day after his legal adviser, Troy King, held a clemency hearing. Fortenberry's mother made an emotional plea to King to spare her son's life. But the legal adviser also heard passionate pleas from members of the victims' families that the execution should proceed as scheduled.

The appeal to the Supreme Court was based partly on the fact that Riley did not personally attend the clemency hearing. Fortenberry's appeal also repeated previous claims that police coerced Fortenberry into making a confession and that his trial attorneys failed to do enough during the sentencing phase of the trial to convince jurors to spare their client's life.

 

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