Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:51 pm EDT

Christopher Lee Price has been executed in the state of Alabama.  Read more here.

Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:51 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused a request to halt the execution of Christopher Lee Price.

Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:30 am EDT

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a 4th request to stay the execution of Christopher Lee Price. Christopher was aruging that he should be granted a stay of execution becuase it is likely that the execution will cause him severe pain and suffering, therefore violating his 8th Amendment rights. A lower court had previously rejected this argument. Price also argued that he should be allowed to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia, which has never been used before in an execution. 

Updated: Monday, May 27, 2019 9:51 am EDT

Christopher Lee Price has been given a new execution date of Thursday, May 30, 2019, by the Alabama Supreme Court. The new execution date comes after his April 11, 2019, execution was stayed, first by a federal district court and then by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Alabama appealed the stays to the Supreme Court of the United States, however, due to the limited time available to the Court, they were unable to issue a ruling before the execution warrant expired at midnight. After he execution warrant expired, the Supreme Court of the United States issued their ruling, which lifted both stays of execution. This cleared the way for the Alabama Supreme Court ot set a new execution date.

Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Forty-six-year-old Christopher has been convicted of the murder of 57-year-old minister, Bill Lynn, on December 22, 1991, in Fayette County, Alabama. Christopher has spent the last 26 years on death row in Alabama.

Christopher Price had previously been arrested for trespassing, vehicular burglary, receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief. Growing up, Christopher had a difficult childhood. Christopher’s father was murdered when he was a young child. Following his father’s death, Christopher was verbally, physically, and, possibly, sexually abused by live-in companions of his mother.

 

The power in the house suddenly went out, however, the security lights outside remained on and the neighbors still had electricity. Bill told Bessie to call the power company, while he went outside to check the power box. When Bessie heard a noise, she looked out her window and saw a man dressed in black, holding a sword above his head in a striking position. Bill yelled for his wife to call the police, but she discovered that the phone lines had been cut.

 

Bessie went downstairs and grabbed a pistol before exiting the house, where she was struck on the back of the head, knocking her to the ground. She got up, fired a shot into the air and ran to help her husband. Bill was seriously injured and told his wife that he knew he was going to die. As Bessie was attempting to start their vehicle, two men dressed in black appeared on either side. They ordered her out of the van and beat her. Then they took her back into the house and demanded money and jewelry. The two men robbed the house of checks and cash in a bank deposit bag, guns, and Bessie’s jewelry, including her wedding ring.

 

The two men searched the house then left through the back door. Bessie ran out the front door and to her father’s house nearby, where she called for help. Bill died before reaching the hospital. Bessie was treated fro her numerous injuries.

 

Approximately one week later, Christopher Price was arrested in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he had been visiting friends. Price admitted to participating in the crime, however he insisted that his accomplice had killed Bill and injured Bessie. Price was convicted and sentenced to death.

 

A federal judge has rejected Price's request to halt his execution. Price argued that he should receive a stay of execution because the execution violates his 14th Amendment rights, which provides for equal protection under the law, by refusing to carry out the execution using nitrogen hypoxia, a new method of execution that was approved and signed into law in 2018. However, the state does not currently have a protocol established for such an execution, nor the means to carry out an execution in such a manner. Additionally, following the passage of the law, the state allowed each inmate to select their method of execution in a timely manner. Within that time, Price did not select that he wanted to be executed by nitrogen hypoxia.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for Bessie and for the family of Bill. Please pray for strength for the family of Christopher Price. Please pray that if Christopher is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution. Please pray that Christopher may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

  

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