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CrimeAlabama to execute man convicted of quadruple murder in 1997

13:46  16 may  2019
13:46  16 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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(AP) — Alabama has scheduled a lethal injection for a man convicted in the 1997 deaths of four people, including two young girls. The Alabama Supreme Court set a May 16 execution date for Michael Brandon Samra, 41. As a teenager, Samra was convicted of helping his friend Mark Duke

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May 16 (Reuters) - An Alabama man who was convicted, along with his friend, of killing his friend's father, the father's fiancée and her two children after a dispute over the use of a pickup truck is scheduled to be executed on Thursday.

Michael Samra, 42, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT) at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

Samra was convicted in 1998 of four counts of murder and sentenced to die. Samra and his friend Mark Duke were accused of killing Mark's father, Randy, along with Randy's fiancée, Dedra Hunt, and her daughters who were 6 and 7 years old.

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An Alabama inmate who is set to be executed in May has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to stay his Samra was convicted of capital murder in 1998 and was sentenced to death for his role in the killings The slayings happened on March 22, 1997 after, according to court records, Randy Duke’s

A man convicted of a quadruple slaying in Pelham over 20 years ago is set to die next month. The Alabama Supreme Court set his execution date last week. He was convicted of capital murder in 1998 and was sentenced to death for his role in the killings of Randy Duke, his fiancée Dedra Mims

Samra, Duke and two of their friends were accused of planning to kill the four after Duke got into a heated argument with his father about the use of Randy's truck.

Prosecutors said Samra and Duke went on March 23, 1997, to Duke's house in Pelham, Alabama, where they shot and killed his father and Hunt and used a kitchen knife to slit the throats of the two girls.

David Collums and Michael Ellison, the two friends, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the killers. They were sentenced to 16 years in prison and were released from prison in 2013, local media reported.

Duke was sentenced to death in 1999. His sentence was changed to life in prison without parole because he was 16 at the time of the murders, local media reported.

Samra, who was 19 at the time of the killings, asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week to halt his execution because of his age when the crimes were committed. The court denied the request.

Samra and convicted killer Donnie Johnson, who is scheduled to be executed in Tennessee on Thursday, would be the sixth and seventh inmates executed in the United States in 2019, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, an organization that tracks executions in the United States. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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