Alabama executes man after green light from US Supreme Court

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Washington (AFP) – An Alabama man convicted of murder was put to death by lethal injection after the US Supreme Court ruled the execution could go ahead. Matthew Reeves, a 44-year-old African-American, was executed late Thursday for the 1996 murder of Willie Johnson, a man who had offered Reeves a ride in his car. He shot Johnson and stole $360, and later went to a party where he boasted of the crime. Reeves was pronounced dead at 9:24 pm (0342 GMT Friday) at Atmore penitentiary in the southern state, an Alabama official said. A final decision on Reeve’s execution had gone to the Supreme Court…

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