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This photo combo shows death row immates, from left, Thomas Whitaker from Texas, Doyle Lee Hamm from Alabama, and Eric Scott Branch from Florida. Executions are set for Alabama, Texas and Florida for the same night. 

If executions set for Alabama, Texas and Florida are carried out Thursday as scheduled, it would mark the first time in more than eight years that three convicted killers were put to death in the U.S. on the same day.

According to statistics kept by the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center, it is not uncommon for multiple executions to be scheduled in one day, but it is unusual for them all to be carried out. That’s because punishments often are halted by courts and execution dates often are withdrawn or rescheduled.

States have carried out three or more executions 13 times since capital punishment was reinstated in the U.S. in 1977. The most recent time was on Jan. 7, 2010, when executions took place in Louisiana, Ohio and Texas.

Four prisoners were put to death Dec. 9, 1999, in Oklahoma, Indiana, Texas and Virginia.

The prisoners set to die Thursday are Doyle Lee Hamm in Alabama; Thomas “Bart” Whitaker in Texas; and Eric Scott Branch in Florida.

Hamm, 61, is set to die for the 1987 shooting death of an Alabama motel clerk during a robbery. Whitaker, 38, faces lethal injection for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother at their suburban Houston home in 2003. Branch, 47, is set to die for the 1993 rape and fatal beating of a college student.

The number of executions in the U.S. peaked at 98 in 1999 and has trended downward since. So far in 2018, three prisoners have been executed in the U.S, all in Texas. Last year, 23 prisoners were executed in the nation, three more than the previous year.



(AP Photo/File)

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16 thoughts on “Alabama, Texas, Florida Set To Hold Executions On Same Night

  1. I was going to say 2 out of 3 executed ain’t bad. But just read Alabama spared the motel clerk murderer. If they can’t do anything else right, Florida got this one right.

  2. Why is this newsworthy to BAW? Are we supposed to feel better because these thugs are white?
    Black prisoners are still more disproportionately sentenced to death than whites also convicted of capital crimes.

      • Passing Through! on said:

        And 90% all systemic crimes committed by whites the drug epidemic, gun crisis, mass shootings, gerrymandering, voter fraud, election tampering, bombing buildings and electing a stupid ass fool to be president.

  3. Awww…sh*t. Look what we have here! Not one, but three white men scheduled to die TONIGHT! Hmmmmm….let’s see. One for killing a motel clerk. Really, a motel clerk? He’s just a redneck bama. The other, for raping and beating a college student to death. Insecure white man with little d*ck. Lastly, this mofo staged the killing of his whole family. Shot his mother and murdered her, shot his brother and murdered him and then shot his father in the chest. Father lived to tell, however, he now wants the gov to spare his son b/c he and his family forgives him. Damn! Plotted and carried out the murdering of his whole family for some inheritance or insurance policy and you want to talk about black people killing? PEOPLE OF ALL RACES KILL! Whites go through such extreme measures.
    As McDufus says:
    white one white crime, nobody’s better at it.

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