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Man convicted in 4 murders set for execution in Alabama

FILE – This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Michael Brandon Samra. His lawyer has asked the governor to halt Thursday, May 16, 2019 lethal injection, while a Kentucky court weighs the appropriateness of the death penalty for people under the age of 21 years at the time of their crimes. Samra was 19 when he participated in the 1997 massacre in Shelby County, four people, including two children. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A man convicted for the murder of four dead after a dispute over a pick-up truck is set to be executed in Alabama.

Forty-year-old Michael Brandon Samra is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday evening at the state prison in Atmore.

Samra and friend Mark Duke were convicted for the killing of the Duke’s father, the father of the girlfriend and the wife, two elementary-age daughters in March 1997. It was shown Duke plan the murders because his father would not let him with his pick-up.

Duke and Samra both were originally sentenced to death, but Duke’s sentence was reversed because he was 16 at the time of the murders. Samra was 19.

Another execution is scheduled for Thursday in Tennessee .

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