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Execution date set in 1993 murder

Gov. Kay Ivey has set a Nov. 16 execution date for a man on death row for nearly 30 years.

Casey McWhorter, 49, was convicted of the 1993 shooting death of Edward Lee Williams in Marshall County.

Casey McWhorter

McWhorter, who was 18 at the time of the slaying, formed a plan to kill Williams along with two other teens — one who was Williams’ son, Edward Lee Williams Jr., reported. The teens planned to rob and shoot Williams at his home. Court records show Williams was shot at least 11 times. 

The Alabama Supreme Court last week said the state could move forward with McWhorter’s execution, allowing Ivey to set a 30-hour timeframe of execution between 12 a.m. Nov. 16 and 6 a.m. Nov. 17.

Earlier this year, the state changed its death penalty procedures to give the prison system more time to carry out executions after a string of troubled lethal injections. Ivey’s office called the time window change a “win for justice” and supporters said the appeal change would ease the burden on the court system. Death penalty opponents said the changes, including the elimination of an automatic review for trial errors in death penalty cases, end a crucial avenue of review and increase the likelihood of “more cruelty and potential torture.”

If carried out, McWhorter’s will be the state’s second execution this year after halting the procedures late last year to review reported problems with the lethal injection process in previous executions

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