Statement From Governor Kay Ivey: Execution of James Edward Barber

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MONTGOMERY-After the U.S. Supreme Court legally cleared the execution of James Edward Barber to move forward, Governor Ivey told Corrections Commissioner John Hamm that she would not exercise her clemency powers in this case and then directed him to proceed with Mr. Barber’s lawfully imposed death sentence for the 2001 brutal beating of seventy-five-

James Edward Barber

year-old Dorothy Epps.

Barber was sentenced to death for the 2001 murder of 75-year-old Dorothy Epps. His time of death was 1:56 a.m. CT Friday at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, according to a statement from Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Governor Ivey issued the following statement:

“Tonight, the justice that James Barber managed to avoid for more than two decades has finally been served. In 2001, 75-year-old Dorothy Epps desperately fought for her life as Mr. Barber brutally and gruesomely beat her to death in her own home. The facts are clear: Mr. Barber confessed to his guilt, and the jury has spoken. His litany of appeals to delay justice finally came to an end, and Mr. Barber has answered for his horrendous crime. In Alabama, we will always work to enforce the law and uphold justice.” – Governor Kay Ivey

Media Release/Office of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

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