A man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama's death row has been freed following a decades-long fight to prove his innocence.
Fifty-eight-year-old Anthony Ray Hinton was released Friday morning from an Alabama prison. He hugged family members as he walked out, saying, "Thank you Jesus."
Hinton was convicted of the 1985 murders of two Birmingham fast-food restaurant managers. Crime scene bullets were the only evidence linking Hinton to the slayings.
Gov. Robert Bentley says he's against switching back to the electric chair to resume executions in Alabama.
Speaking in Shelby County on Monday, Bentley said he's personally opposed to the idea of resuming electrocutions.
A key legislator on prison issues, state Sen. Cam Ward, says giving up the state's current method of lethal injection involves too many legal hurdles.
The state attorney general's office says executions are at a standstill because the prison system has run out of one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection system.
A state appeals court is refusing to overturn the convictions of eight inmates on Alabama's death row.
In cases from Jefferson County, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the convictions and death sentences of Justin White; William Bruce Marshal; Demetrius Avery Jackson; and Anthony Lane.
The judges also refused to overturn the cases of Calvin Stallworth from Baldwin County and David H. Wiggins from Russell County.
From Mobile County, the court upheld the convictions and death sentences of William John Zeigler and Michael Bragg Woolf.
Alabama lawmakers are seeking to keep secret the manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs used in lethal injection executions.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Tuesday.
The bill would require the state to keep the identities of people and companies who provide the drugs to the state confidential.
Rogersville Republican Lynn Greer says the state needs to make sure it can continue to obtain the lethal injection drugs.