Alabama executes man involved in 1997 quadruple murder

Alabama executes man involved in 1997 quadruple murder
Michael Brandon Samra

ATMORE, Ala. (WSFA) - A man who participated in a quadruple murder after a dispute over a pickup truck has been executed by the state.

Michael Brandon Samra has been executed for participating in the 1997 quadruple murder of Randy Duke, Dedra Mims Hunt and the 6 and 7-year-old daughters, Chelisa and Chelsea.

After Samra’s sentence had been carried out, Gov. Kay Ivey released the following statement:

“For more than 20 years, the loved ones of Randy, Dedra and the two young daughters Chelisa and Chelsea have mourned an unbearable and unimaginable loss. Four lives were brutally taken far too soon because of the malicious, intentional and planned-out murders by Michael Brandon Samra.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall also released a statement:

“On March 23, 1997, Michael Samra and his friend Mark Duke coldly executed their plan to murder Duke’s father, Randy Duke, along with his father’s girlfriend, Dedra Hunt, and her six- and seven-year-old daughters, Chelisa and Chelsea. One cannot possibly imagine a more terrifying ordeal for the victims. Randy Duke was shot in the head. Dedra Hunt was shot multiple times as she attempted to flee with one of her daughters. Samra and Duke then proceeded to kill both of the young girls, cutting their throats. Samra was convicted of capital murder in 1998 and received his just punishment: a sentence of death. After too many years of delay, justice has finally been served. Tonight, we pray for the victims and for their families, that they might find peace and closure.”
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall

The execution of Samra was carried out at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

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