Michael Wayne Eggers died on Thursday evening after receiving a lethal injection at a state prison.
(Alabama Department of Corrections)
An Alabama prisoner on death row died on Thursday evening after receiving a lethal injection at a state prison.
Michael Wayne Eggers, 50, died at 7:29 pm He was convicted and sentenced in the 2000 suffocation death of Bennie Francis Murray, his former employer, who was hired Eggers to work with a traveling circus.
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He declined to give any last words, but briefly gave a thumbs-up signal to your friends and family, as well as the execution began. Eggers was pronounced dead approximately 35 minutes after the death sentence was read.
The prosecutors said Eggers admitted to the strangling of Murray during a fight. Her body was later found in Walker County, northwest of Birmingham.
In 2016, after a dispute with his lawyers, the convicted killer dropped his appeals and asked the state of Alabama to quickly schedule his execution.
“Michael Eggers is severely mentally ill,” his former attorneys wrote in a petition filed with the U.S. Supreme court. They argued Eggers believed that he was the subject of a conspiracy of the government and the “to die rather than to be represented by lawyers who are not delusional view of his case.”
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The attorney general’s office asked the court to let the execution proceed, and the state argued that Eggers a rational decision to drop his appeal.
The lawyers for the state noted that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017 confirmed the district court’s ruling that Eggers was competent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.