Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2019  8:45 pm EDT

Michael Samra has been executed in Alabama. Click here for mroe information.

Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2019  3:11 pm EDT

The Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, has refused a clemency request from Michael Samra. The request was was based off the fact that Michael was only 19 at the time of the murder. According to lawyers for Michael, they do not plan to file any additional appeals prior to his execution.

Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019  5:21 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to halt the execution of Michael Samra. No reason was given for their refusal. Michael has also asked Governor Kay Ivey for clemency, aruging again, that he should not be executed until the courts have decided if it is still permissable for a person between the ages of 18-21 to be sentenced to death and executed.

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Updated: Monday, May 13, 2019  9:21 am EDT

Michael Brandon Samra's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Forty-two-year-old Michael is convicted of the murder of 39-year-old Randy Duke, 29-year-old Dedra Mims Hunt, 7-year-old Chelsea Marie Hunt and 6-year-old Chelisa Nicole Hunt, on March 23, 1997, in Shelby County, Alabama. Michael has spent the last 21 years on death row in Alabama.

In an attempt to halt his execution, Michael's lawyers are arguing that the 8th Amendment prohibits the execution of those who committed crimes under the age of 21.  Currently, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that only those under the age of 18 are prohibited from being sentenced to death.  Michael's lawyers are arguing that the age should be amended due to "evolving standards of decency."  In support of their argument, the attorney's referenced a Kentucky case in which a judge ruled that a defendant under the age of 21 could not be sentenced to death.  Michael's legal team is asking both the Alabama Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States to halt the execution.

Michael Samra was friends with Mark Anthony Duke. On March 22, 1997, Mark and his father Randy Duke, were in a heated argument and Randy threatened to not let Mark use his truck. This enraged Mark. Later in the day, Mark met up with David Collums, Michael Ellison, and Samra. Mark relayed the argument to his friends, stating that he wanted to kill his father. The friends obtained two handguns and began developing a plan to murder Randy and not leave any witnesses.

 

On March 23, 1997, Mark, Samra, Ellison, and Collums drove to Randy’s house. Ellison and Collums then left, agreeing to meet back up with Mark and Samra later in the day. Mark and Samra entered the home and Mark shot Randy, killing him. Samra aimed at Dedra, Randy’s fiancee. He shot her in the face, although she managed to flee upstairs with her two daughters, Chelsea and Chelisa.

 

According to Samra, Mark chased Dedra and Chelisa into the bathroom, where he shot and killed Dedra. Samra and Mark ran out of bullets after murdering Dedra. They retrieved kitchen knives and resumed searching for the two girls. Chelisa was found hiding behind the shower curtain, while Chelsea was found under the bed. Both girls eventually died after having their throats hacked with a dull knife.

 

After being questioned by law enforcement, Samra confessed to the crime and showed police where the weapons used in the crime were located. Evidence also showed that Samra used a knife to kill one of the girls. Samra was convicted and sentenced to death.

 

Mark was also sentenced to death, however, his sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole, after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that prisoners could not be executed for crimes committed when they were younger than the age of 18. Mark was 16 at the time of the murder.

 

Ellison and Collums were given prison terms for their parts in the crime. Both have since been released from prison.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of the Randy Duke, Dedra Hunt, Chelsea Hunt, and Chelisa Hunt. Please pray for strength for the family of Michael Samra. Please pray that if Michael 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 executed. Please pray that Michael may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

  

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