Inmate’s appeal denied; executed at Holman

Published 8:44 pm Thursday, September 22, 2011

After a long appeals process that came down to the wire, neither Gov. Robert Bentley nor the Alabama Supreme Court stepped in to stop the execution of Derrick Mason Thursday night at Holman Prison.

In a brief statement made yesterday in Montgomery, Gov. Bentley said he had no plans to intervene in the execution of the 37-year-old inmate, who was convicted of the March 24, 1994 shooting death of 25-year-old convenience store clerk Angela Cagle in Huntsville.

According to published reports Mason officially apologized to the Cagle family years ago and has written letters to officials, including Gov. Bentley, claiming to have turned his life around while in prison.

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Mason filed a last-minute appeal with the Alabama Supreme Court but was denied a stay of execution. He was pronounced dead Thursday night at 6:49 p.m.