Torrey McNabb tells the “state of Alabama … I hate you.” His relatives believed drugs may have caused him to feel pain in his final moments. The number of executions this year in the U.S. has risen for the first year since 2009.
Torrey McNabb’s execution was stayed twice before he was put to death with middle fingers literally raised in Alabama last Thursday, reports Al.com. Convicted of the 1997 murder of Montgomery police officer Anderson Gordon, McNabb did not express any remorse for the shooting that landed him on death row and left a family broken. “To the state of Alabama, I hate you motherf***ers. I hate you. I hate you,” he said moments before he was administered the lethal injection in Holman Correctional Facility. Gordon’s family said, “Brother, who we affectionately called him, worked to make a difference in his community until his life was taken from him … Though this has been a difficult day for the Gordon family, we also continue to pray for the family of Torrey McNabb.”
At a time when the death penalty is under intense scrutiny, McNabb’s final moments served as something of a case study of the controversial punishment. The Alabama Department of Corrections is under fire for using drugs in executions that some have alleged can make inmates suffer as they are put to death. About twenty minutes after the first in a succession of drugs entered his bloodstream, McNabb raised his right arm and hand and his face briefly twisted into an intense grimace. His sisters and attorneys responded audibly, saying in the viewing chamber – a room where silence is supposed to reign – that he seemed to have felt pain and not have been unconscious as the death-delivering chemicals coursed through his system. The was the 21st this year in the U.S., marking the first time that number has risen since 2009, reports USA Today. The 2017 total could approach 30 before the year is out, depending on last-minute legal battles.