Melson executed by lethal injection

Published 12:22 am Friday, June 9, 2017

Robert Bryant Melson was executed by lethal injection by the state of Alabama last night at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility just outside of Atmore.

Melson’s execution was ordered by the Alabama Supreme Court at 9:45 p.m. He didn’t give a last statement and was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m., according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Melson was sentenced to death for the 1994 capital murder of 17-year-old Nathaniel Baker, 18-year old Tamika Collins, and 23-year-old Darrell Collier during an armed robbery of a restaurant in Etowah County, according to ADOC Public Information Manager Bob Horton.

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Commissioner Jeff Dunn read a prepared statement from the Collins family after the execution.

“We are grateful to God for sustaining us to endure these years of suffering, heartaches, and missing our loved one, but we survived by hard work, prayer and togetherness,” the Collins family wrote in the statement.

Dunn said the execution was carried out according to protocol without complication.