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Alabama man executed for 1996 murder following Supreme Court ruling

Added 01-28-22 12:18:02am EST - “The Supreme Court rejected claims Matthew Reeves' intellectual disability misled him to accept death by means of lethal injection rather than a new, alternative method recently legalized by t?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Alabama man executed for 1996 murder following Supreme Court ruling”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Supreme Court sided with the state and rejected claims that his intellectual disability misled him to accept death by means of lethal injection rather than a new, alternative method recently legalized by the state.

The execution of 44-year-old Matthew Reeves had been temporarily blocked by a lower court after he claimed the state did not help him understand the paperwork that would have allowed him to be executed via nitrogen hypoxia.

However, the state contended that he was intellectually sound enough to fill out the form. The Supreme Court agreed in a 5 to 4 vote.

According to a defense expert, Reeves read at a first-grade level and had the language skills of a 4-year-old. 

He was executed at 9:24 p.m. local time at the Holman Prison on Thursday, according to the Alabama Attorney General.

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