ALABAMA (USA): CHRISTOPHER BROOKS EXECUTED
January 21, 2016: Christopher Brooks was put to death in Alabama.
Brooks, 43, White, was convicted in the December 1992 rape and murder of Jo Deann, 23. Investigators linked Brooks to the crime through DNA, fingerprints, and Campbell's car and other items taken from her apartment, including a credit card he had used.
A jury convicted Brooks in 1993 of the crime.
Alabama last executed an inmate on July 25, 2013. Executions came to a halt due to a shortage of drugs used in the execution, particularly sodium thiopental. Legal challenges to lethal injection also slowed the execution process. Alabama is now using a 3-drugs protocol with midazolam hydrochloride, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride.
Brooks becomes the 1st inmate to be put to death this year in Alabam and the 57th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1983. Brooks becomes the 3rd inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1425th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: Montgommery Advertiser & Rick Halperin, 21/01/2016)