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Leroy White Executed: Alabama Inmate Put to Death for Killing Wife

Leroy White Executed: Alabama Inmate Put to Death for Killing Wife
Leroy White (AP Photo, file)

ATMORE, Ala. (CBS/AP) Alabama has executed a death row inmate Leroy White for the 1988 shooting death of his estranged wife as he held their 17-month-old daughter in one of his arms.

The 52-year-old died by lethal injection Thursday night despite a plea by the daughter, now grown, that his life be spared.

He was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. Central time. He had no last words.

White was sentenced to die for the shooting death of Ruby White, a first grade teacher in Huntsville. Her relatives, including 23-year-old daughter Latonya White, asked Gov. Bob Riley to grant clemency. But Riley, along with federal and state courts, refused to halt the execution.

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the execution before denying his plea for a stay.

Relatives of the victim, including the daughter Leroy White held in his arms, joined his effort for a reprieve. The daughter, La Tonya, filed a written statement with the clemency petition to Riley saying that she has forgiven her father.

"I am deeply opposed to my father's execution. He is the only thing that I have left that's part of me," La Tonya White said in the statement.

The Alabama Supreme Court rejected White's appeal Thursday morning, and U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre turned down his plea to stop the execution late Wednesday.

Prison officials said White made no request for a last meal, but instead ate a cheeseburger, a V8 drink, a Yoo-hoo drink and coffee from vending machines.

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