A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend was executed on Thursday in the southern US state of Alabama, despite objections from the victim’s family.
Joe Nathan James, 49, was sentenced to death in 1996 for the 1994 murder of 26-year-old Faith Hall.
According to the Alabama Attorney General’s office, the time of James’ death was 9:27 pm. He was to be executed by lethal injection.
James has applied United States Supreme Court suspend his execution “in accordance with the wishes of the surviving members of the victim’s family”.
“Victims and their families are of paramount importance in our justice system and deserve to be heard on the final punishment of perpetrators,” James’ lawyer said in an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Hall’s daughters, who were six and three years old when their mother was killed, said they wanted to keep James alive.
“I don’t want it to move forward. We are not God,” Terrill Hall told CBS 42.
“An eye for an eye has never been a good prospect for life,” added her sister, Toni Hall.
James was convicted of shooting Faith Hall after she ended their brief relationship.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement that “justice has been served.”
“Joe James was executed for a heinous act he committed almost three decades ago: the cold-blooded murder of Faith Hall’s innocent young mother,” he said.
James was the eighth person executed in the US this year.