Stop the Execution of Keith Gavin in Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey

An execution date has been set for Alabama death row prisoner Keith Gavin on July 18, 2024 for the 1998 murder of William Clinton Clayton, Jr.

Case-specific points of concern:

1. Mr. Gavin was given a date ahead of other inmates who had exhausted their appeals.

2. Mr. Gavin had ineffective assistance of counsel at the trial.

3. Mr. Gavin’s rights to equal protection under the law were violated.

4. Lawyers failed to pursue available mitigating evidence.

5. Mr. Gavin was denied a fair and impartial trial due to pretrial publicity.

6. Alabama ought to delay all executions to allow for a thorough study of its capital punishment process and consider the serious objections raised as to how it administers the death penalty.

You can find these talking points at: http://www.phadp.org/

The vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, Alabama has continued to go against trend by carrying on with scheduled execution dates.  

Additionally, Alabama has repeatedly shown that it is not capable of carrying out executions, as it is botching its lethal injection process - amounting to cruel punishment and the torture of prisoners.

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To: Governor Kay Ivey
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you to stop the upcoming execution of Keith Gavin​ on July 18, 2024 for the 1998 murder of William Clinton Clayton, Jr​.

Issues of concern include:

1. Mr. Gavin was given a date ahead of other inmates who had exhausted their appeals.

2. Mr. Gavin had ineffective assistance of counsel at the trial.

3. Mr. Gavin’s rights to equal protection under the law were violated.

4. Lawyers failed to pursue available mitigating evidence.

5. Mr. Gavin was denied a fair and impartial trial due to pretrial publicity.

6. Alabama ought to delay all executions to allow for a thorough study of its capital punishment process and consider the serious objections raised as to how it administers the death penalty.

We are concerned that while the vast majority of states with capital punishment continue on a downward trend of executions, Alabama has continued to go against trend by carrying on with scheduled execution dates.

Additionally, Alabama has repeatedly shown that it is not capable of carrying out executions, as it is botching its lethal injection process - amounting to cruel punishment and the torture of prisoners.

We, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to stop this execution, including issuing a stay, and seeking a path to clemency in the case.

Thank you for your time and attention to this serious matter.