Stop the Execution of Nathaniel Woods in Alabama on March 5

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

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Nathaniel Woods, 44, is set to die by lethal injection on March 5 at William C. Holman prison in Atmore, Alabama.

Woods was convicted in December 2005 of capital murder for the June 17, 2004 shooting deaths of Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisholm III, and Charles R. Bennett.

Attorneys filing Mr. Woods’ appeal are arguing the constitutional claim that he was denied effective representation at trial, which is a violation of the guaranteed rights in the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

It is believed that Mr. Woods "almost certainly would not have been sentenced to death” if he had a good lawyer at the penalty phase of his trial.

The Alabama Constitution states that the power to grant commutations and reprieves in capital cases lies exclusively with the governor. Given the ineffective representation that Mr. Woods received, we appeal to Gov. Ivey to act urgently to stop this execution from going forward.

Please sign the petition and spread the word.

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To: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to ask that you to stop the March 5th execution of Nathaniel Woods, who was convicted of capital murder for the 2004 shooting deaths of Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisholm III, and Charles R. Bennett.
Reasons to stop this execution are compelling.

Attorneys filing Mr. Woods’ appeal are arguing the constitutional claim that he was denied effective representation at trial, which is a violation of the guaranteed rights in the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

It is believed that Mr. Woods "almost certainly would not have been sentenced to death” if he had a good lawyer at the penalty phase of his trial.

The Alabama Constitution states that the power to grant commutations and reprieves in capital cases lies exclusively with you, the Governor. Given the ineffective representation that Mr. Woods received, we, the undersigned, ask that you do everything within your power to stop this execution from going forward.

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