Alabama Executes First Death Row Inmate In Years

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Christopher Eugene Brooks.Christopher Eugene Brooks.

On the last night of 1992, Christopher Eugene Brooks raped 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell and beat her to death with an 8-pound dumbbell in her Homewood, Alabama, home. 

As there was no last-minute intervention, Brooks broke the state’s two-year hiatus and his death penalty was carried out at 6 p.m. CST on Jan. 21. He was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m., reports

Drug shortages and litigation prevented executions in the state for more than two years, but in 2014 the state announced it was changing the drugs used when rendering the death penalty. 

On Jan. 20,  Assistant Federal Defender John Palombi had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution and requested a more invasive review of lethal injection procedures.

"Brooks should not be the subject of Alabama's experiment to see if it can carry out an execution using this protocol while the very validity of the protocol is at issue in ongoing federal court proceedings," he wrote, according to ABC News. 

Lawyers with the Alabama Attorney General's Office argued the appeal was a delay tactic.

"Brooks raped and murdered Jo Deann Campbell on Dec. 31, 1992 and her family has been waiting for justice for more than 23 years," they wrote.

Brooks was the 57th inmate executed in Alabama since 1983, reported.

Sources:, ABC News / Photo credit: Alabama Department of Corrections