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Alabama Executes Casey McWhorter on November 16, 2023

Casey McWhorter, Alabama

Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Casey McWhorterOn Thursday, November 16, 2023, Casey McWhorter was executed in the state of Alabama.  He was pronounced dead at 6:47 pm local time, inside the execution chamber at the Holeman Correctional Facility near Atmore, Alabama.  Casey was 49 years of age.  He was convicted of murdering Edward Lee Williams, Sr., on February 18, 1993, in Albertville, Alabama.  For the last 29 years, Casey has resided on Alabama’s death row.

Casey had a difficult childhood, especially following his parent’s divorce. Before his arrest, Casey had a good reputation and a good work record.

Shortly after the new year in 1993, Casey McWhorter, then 18 years of age, conspired with a 15-year-old and 16-year-old who became his codefendants. The three began conspiring to kill and rob a victim, Edward Williams, Sr. The 15-year-old was Edward’s son. They believed Edward possessed a substantial sum of money.

On February 18, 1993, a fourth codependent who was aware of the plan, dropped the McWhorter and the 16-year-old off a few blocks from Edward’s home. The driver and Edward’s son remained in the car. The two groups had a prearranged plan to meet at a certain location at 8 p.m. that evening.

McWhorter and the 16-year-old proceeded to the house, knowing that Edward was not due home for three to four hours. During that time, the duo went through the home, gathering the items they wanted to take. They also made silencers for the two rifles they found in the home.

When Edward arrived home, he saw the 16-year-old with the rifle and attempted to grab it. The two struggled over the rifle until McWhorter shot Edward. Before fleeing the scene, Edward was shot at least 11 times, including one round into the back of his head, ensuring that Edward died. Before leaving, they stole his wallet from his person and left with the other items they had collected in Edward’s truck.

McWhorter and the 16-year-old met the others at the prearranged location. The stolen truck was driven into the woods and stripped. All items were split between the four people. Shortly after the murder, one of the teens went to the police and confessed.

Two of the codefendants agreed to plea deals. Edward Williams Jr., is currently serving life in prison, without the possibility of parole. McWhorter was sentenced to death.

Casey McWhorter has requested that the Supreme Court of the United States halt his execution, aruging that executing him violates his 8th Amendment rights since he was only 18 at the time of the crime.  On Wednesday, November, 8, 2023,  Alabama Supreme Court has denied a request to vacate Casey’s execution date.

Pray for peace for the family of Edward Williams, Sr. Pray for strength for the family of Casey McWhorter. Please pray for all affected. 

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