ATMORE, Ala. (WKRG/AP) – The Alabama inmate who challenged execution drug as cruel is put to death for killing police officer.
Torrey Twane McNabb has been executed for the 1997 murder of Montgomery police officer Anderson Gordon. After being notified that Mr. McNabb’s sentence had been carried out, Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement:
“Though Mr. McNabb did not formally ask for clemency, I gave his case, and his sentence, the deepest level of consideration possible. Whenever an individual in Alabama is scheduled to be executed, I take seriously my responsibility to weigh the circumstances of the case, mitigating and aggravating factors and the need to ensure justice is served.
“Mr. McNabb was convicted by a jury of his peers of killing a police officer who was sitting defenseless in his patrol car, while on duty. Police officers across Alabama make great sacrifices to protect our people and to ensure proper enforcement of our laws. It is tragic that Mr. McNabb chose to murder Officer Anderson Gordon for simply trying to talk to him. Courts at every level have upheld Mr. McNabb’s conviction for his senseless act.
“Due to the nature of his crime, the decision of a jury to condemn him to death and because our legal system has worked as designed, Mr. McNabb’s sentence was carried out.”
Attorney General Steve Marshall released the following statement after the execution of Torrey McNabb:
“The 20-year wait for justice is finally over for the family of Montgomery Police Corporal Anderson Gordon III. In 1997, Torrey McNabb took the life of Officer Gordon, shooting him five times as he sat in his patrol car. Tonight, the family of Officer Gordon can finally seek peace.”
ATMORE, Alabama (WKRG/AP) – The United States Supreme Court has overturned a lower court order staying the execution of Torrey McNabb. The execution is scheduled for Thursday at 6:00pm at Holman Prison in Atmore.
McNabb was convicted in the 1997 shooting death of Montgomery police Officer Anderson Gordon. Prosecutors say McNabb shot Gordon multiple times after he arrived at a traffic accident. McNabb caused the crash while fleeing a bail bondsmen.
Alabama Department of Corrections officials announced Wednesday they were proceeding with preparations for the execution while they awaited the Courts decision.
Justice Breyer and Justice Sotomayor would have allowed the stay to stand.