published Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Alabama inmate in 2005 Halloween killing put to death

ATMORE, Ala. — Alabama has executed its first inmate since 2011, a man convicted of the beating and shooting death of an elderly man on Halloween night in 2005.

Authorities say 29-year-old Andrew Lackey was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Thursday after receiving an injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.

Authorities say Lackey was seeking money when he killed 80-year-old Charles Newman at his Limestone County home. Court records show Newman made an emergency call to police the night of his death and could be heard saying, ‘’Leave me alone” and “What do you want?”

Lackey, who had dropped all appeals, became the first person executed by the state since October 2011. Executions had been partly slowed because of a legal dispute over the drugs being used.

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