Death row inmate executed by lethal injection tonight

Published 8:44 pm Thursday, May 30, 2024

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An Alabama death row inmate was executed by lethal injection tonight at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility just outside of Atmore, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

According to ADOC officials, Death Row Inmate Jamie Ray Mills was pronounced deceased by a physician at 6:26 p.m.

Public Information Officer Kelly Betts said in a release that on May 29, Mills had six visitors and six phone calls. Then, on May 30, he had six visitors, no phone calls, accepted his breakfast tray and had a final meal of seafood.

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“A brief press conference followed the execution at the Media Center with remarks from Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Q. Hamm,” Betts said. “During the press conference, the victims’ family provided a written statement read aloud by Hamm.”

According to the ADOC, Mills was executed for the 2004 capital murders of Floyd and Vera Hill in Marion County.

Mills’s remains will be released to the Escambia County Coroner and taken to the Mobile Lab of the Department of Forensic Sciences for a postmortem examination.

“Almost 20 years ago, the grandchildren of Floyd and Vera Hill, worried for their grandparents, filed a missing-person report only for police to discover the couple had been brutally and horrendously beaten to death. The Hills’ lives were taken at the hands of Jamie Mills. The evidence in this case is overwhelming, and Mr. Mills is undoubtedly guilty,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. “Tonight, two decades after he committed these murders, Jamie Mills has paid the price for his heinous crimes. I pray for the victims and their loved ones as they continue to grieve.”