The Associated Press reports that Michael Wayne Eggers was executed on Thursday after dropping his appeals and requesting to be put to death. Eggers, 50, was convicted of killing his employer, Bennie Francis Murray, in 2000. Eggers died at 7:29 p.m. CST via lethal injection in a prison in southwest Alabama.
According to prosecutors, Eggers admitted he strangled Murray during an argument he had with her after she hired him to work consessions for a traveling carnival. Murray’s body was discovered northwest of Birmingham, Alabama.
Eggers dropped his appeals in 2016 after having a disagreement with his attorneys, and asked the state put him to death as soon as possible. He even gave a handwritten letter to judges asking them to allow the “immediate execution in the interests of truth, law and justice.”
Eggers’ attorneys asked the Supreme Court to halt the execution and intervene in the matter, arguing that Eggers suffered from schizophrenia and delusions. They also told the court that he was not mentally competent when he asked to be executed immediately.
Eggers did not consent to the Supreme Court petition, and opposed those efforts. A spokeswoman for the prison where he was held said he would not allow attorneys to visit him or witness the execution. He would only meet with friends and family prior to the injection.
The state’s attorney general’s office argued that Eggers’ decision to drop his appeals was a rational one and asked the court to allow the execution to proceed, citing the fact that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s decision that Eggers was competent in 2017.
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