Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Jack Alderman Executed

JACKSON The 20th man executed in Georgia by lethal injection took 14 minutes to die Tuesday night.

Witness described Jack Alderman’s manner as calm, almost serene, his eyes closed the entire time. For a few minutes before he was declared dead, they said he smiled.

“There was no jerking,” said Jan Skutch, a media witness from The Savannah Morning News. “He was calm. It was almost antiseptic.”
Adlerman, pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, has been on death row almost 35 years — longer than any of the 109 death row inmates in Georgia. He was convicted of the 1974 Chatham County murder of wife Barbara Alderman for $10,000 in insurance money.

When that conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court, he was convicted in a second trial in 1984.
And how peaceful was the victims death?
An accomplice in the murder, John Arthur Brown, beat Barbara Alderman with a crescent wrench. Then he and Alderman choked her and put her underwater in a bathtub to be sure she was dead.

Brown was paroled in 1987 and died a free man in New York in 2000.

Alderman’s attorney, Michael Seiml, said Tuesday night — after he had exhausted his last appeals to the Georgia parole board for clemency and to the U.S. Supreme Court that Alderman, 57, was a model prisoner who deserved to have his death sentence reduced to life.
I wonder how Michael Seiml justifies life in prison for a twice convicted murderer just because he was a model prisoner. There would have been no need for his execution if he had been a model citizen.

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