Alabama abortion law raised hope for execution reprieve

Alabama abortion law raised hope for execution reprieve
Michael Brandon Samra

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for a condemned inmate says he hoped Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey might block his client's execution after she talked about her pro-life beliefs in signing a bill to virtually outlaw abortion in the state.

It wasn't to be.

Michael Brandon Samra was put to death by lethal injection Thursday the day after Ivey signed the restrictive abortion bill while talking about her belief that "life is precious."

Defense attorney Steve Sears says he gained hope from Ivey's statement about life, but adds that Samra was resigned to death.

Ivey issued a statement after the execution noting Samra's conviction and the four killings. She says Alabama won't stand for the loss of life, and that punishment was deserved.

Samra was convicted of killing two adults and two girls in 1997.