Stop the Execution of Matthew Reeves in Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey

Matthew Reeves is scheduled for execution in Alabama on January 27, 2022 for the 1998 murder of Willie Johnson.

Reeves was 18 years old at the time of the crime. A neuropsychologist determined that he “has significant deficits in multiple areas of adaptive functioning” and because those deficits appeared before age 18, it was concluded that Reeves is intellectually disabled. This information was never presented at trial.

In scheduling executions such as this, Alabama makes itself an outlier in its use of the death penalty. The majority of other states are on a downward trend of executions, and increasingly, states are abolishing the practice altogether, including the southern state of Virginia, which repealed its death penalty law in Spring 2021.

Please sign the petition asking the Governor to do everything in her power to ensure Reeves does not face execution and to seek a path to clemency in the case.

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To: Governor Kay Ivey
From: [Your Name]

Matthew Reeves is scheduled for execution in Alabama on January 27, 2022 for the 1998 murder of Willie Johnson.

Reeves was 18 years old at the time of the crime. A neuropsychologist determined that he “has significant deficits in multiple areas of adaptive functioning” and because those deficits appeared before age 18, it was concluded that Reeves is intellectually disabled. This information was never presented at trial.

In scheduling executions such as this, Alabama makes itself an outlier in its use of the death penalty. The majority of other states are on a downward trend of executions, and increasingly, states are abolishing the practice altogether, including the southern state of Virginia, which repealed its death penalty law in Spring 2021.

We, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to ensure Reeves does not face execution and to seek a path to clemency in the case.

Thank you for time and attention to this urgent and serious matter.​