Nathaniel Woods Wiki
Nathaniel Woods was charged with the 2004 killings of three police officers in Birmingham. He was executed by lethal injection at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama on March 5, 2020.
Nathaniel Woods Story
Nathaniel Woods was convicted as an accomplice in the 2004 killings of three Alabama police officers who were shot by Kerry Spencer. According to Prosecutors, Spencer was the triggerman in the killings, opening fire on the officers with a high-powered rifle inside the apartment, though Woods was convicted as an accomplice.
The three Alabama police officers, Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisolm III and Charles R. Bennett died while trying to serve a misdemeanor domestic assault warrant on Woods at a suspected drug house.
Woods and Spencer were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the killings of the three Birmingham officers.
Nathaniel Woods Execution
Nathaniel Woods was executed by lethal injection at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama on March 5, 2020.
Following the execution, Chisholm’s sister Starr Sidelinker read in a statement written by Chisholm’s sister Rhonda Hembd. The statement said: “Partial justice has been served for our family today. Nathaniel Woods chose his fate on June 17, 2004. That horrific day could have been prevented if he had any kind of compassion or respect for law enforcement.”
A third sister, Brenda Wicinski, said: “My brother Harley was a sweet, caring, honest, hard-working, gentle loving man with a huge heart of gold. Our lives were shattered and our worlds turned upside down on that horrific day.”
Susan Bennett, the wife of officer Bennett said: “I’m not here to make a statement in regard to what has already has happened tonight. This will never ever bring closure and it certainly won’t bring Rob, Carlos or Harley back. He was truly a great and a Godly man. It has been said that a man is not dead while his name is spoken… On behalf of my family, I would like to thank those who continue to keep Rob’s memory alive, as well as Carlos and Harley.”
Owen’s son, Greg Owens, released the following statement on Facebook: “My father has missed so much over the years. I am sure he would have loved to have seen my son, his grandson graduate from high school, from the Police Academy, and he would have loved to attend my son’s wedding. I am sure he would have been thrilled to see my daughter, his granddaughter graduate from high school, take the stage at The Miss Alabama Pageant, go onto the field as a Blazerette in Legion Field with the UAB Marching band in the stadium a few blocks from where he lived the first seventeen years of his life. I am also sure he would be amazed that he inspired his granddaughter to create a non-profit organization from his action of keeping stuffed animals and snacks in his patrol car to give to children he encountered during his daily patrols on his police beat.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued the following statement on the execution: “Under Alabama law, someone who helps kill a police officer is just as guilty as the person who directly commits the crime. Since 1983, Alabama has executed two individuals for being an accomplice to capital murder.
“After thorough and careful consideration of the facts surrounding the case, the initial jury’s decision, the many legal challenges and reviews, I concluded that the state of Alabama should carry out Mr. Woods’ lawfully imposed sentence this evening.
“This is not a decision that I take lightly, but I firmly believe in the rule of law and that justice must be served. My thoughts and most sincere prayers are for the families of Officers Chisholm, Owen and Bennett. May the God of all comfort be with these families as they continue to find peace and heal from this terrible crime.”
He was executed despite outcries from groups and celebrities that he was not the one who fired the fatal bullets. Martin Luther King III, one of the civil rights activists who helped bring national attention to the case, tweeted: “In the case of Nathaniel Woods, the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Governor of the State of Alabama are reprehensible, and have potentially contributed to an irreversible injustice. It makes a mockery of justice and constitutional guarantees to a fair trial.”
Writer and activist Shaun King said in a serial of tweets: “The State of Alabama just executed an innocent man. Nate Woods is dead. We are crushed that Nate experienced this grizzly injustice and crushed for his family. This is a modern day lynching. He broke no laws, at all. Never fired a gun. And surrendered.”
King said in another tweet: “The State of Alabama began their process of murdering Nate Woods at 9:38 PM EST. He was not officially pronounced dead until 10:01 PM. 23 cruel minutes. It’s one of the most grizzly acts of injustice in modern American history. He didn’t break a single law.”
Shaun King added: “The family of Nate Woods is literally on the floor sobbing, uncontrollably. Utter devastation. He was a father, a grandfather, a brother, a son, a friend, a treasured loved one. And he was just murdered by the State of Alabama for a crime he did not commit.”
Nathaniel Woods Crime
Nathaniel Woods was charged with the 2004 killings of three police officers Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisholm III, and Charles R. Bennett in Birmingham.
Nathaniel Woods Age
Nathaniel Woods was executed on March 5, 2020. He was 43 years old.