"The person that pulled the trigger and confessed over and over again and he was the triggerman and Nathaniel was not involved", King told host Bill Hemmer, referring to Kerry Spencer who was convicted of capital murder in the killings along with Woods and is also sentenced to die.
The U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the execution on Thursday afternoon, but ultimately made a decision to deny it so the execution could move Woods' execution could move forward as planned.
Spencer woke up, saw the officers from the window and walked outside to find Woods emerging from the kitchen, he said In a phone interview from William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Escambia County. Woods was executed late Thursday in Alabama.
The Appeal reported in February that two of the officers - Chisholm and Owen - were known for "corruption and violence" and had a reputation for collecting money from known drug dealers in the city in exchange for protection.
"This belief was based on trial counsel's failure to effectively and fully explain the theory of accomplice liability to Mr. Woods", his attorney wrote in a 2019 petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was denied.
"The only injustice in the case of Nathaniel Woods is that which was inflicted on those four policemen that awful day in 2004", the statement read. Spencer believed he was under attack and began shooting at the officers when Woods said "Okay I give up", as he was being held down.
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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement Wednesday that the concerted effort by supporters is a "last-minute movement.to "save" cop-killer Nathaniel Woods from his just punishment".
"Nathaniel Woods is 100% innocent", Spencer, who remains on death row, wrote in an open letter.
Woods was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of the Birmingham officers.
In the end, prosecutors secured a conviction and death sentence against Woods in 2005, despite a non-unanimous jury verdict. Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights leader, asked in a letter to the governor posted on Twitter.
Nathaniel Woods is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit. "The rush to execute Mr. Woods makes a mockery of justice". The panel also said Woods had the opportunity to select nitrogen hypoxia as his method of execution like other inmates.
The state is not scheduling executions for inmates who picked nitrogen because the state has not developed the method.
"The only injustice in the case of Nathaniel Woods is that which was inflicted on those four policemen that bad day in 2004", it said, adding "although Woods was not the shooter, he was hardly an innocent bystander".