FOX News reports that a death row inmate has committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell. The inmate, Jeffrey Lynn Borden, 57, was discovered in his cell in Alabama on Sunday morning. He was found at 2:30 a.m. during a security check and was hanging by a bed sheet. The death was pronounced at 3 p.m. that day. The body has been turned over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
Borden has been in prison for more than 24 years and on death row since 1995. He was convicted of the murders of his estranged wife, Cheryl Borden, and her father, Roland Harris, in 1993.
The murders occurred in Gardendale, Alabama on Christmas Eve at a family get-together at the Harris home. Borden had taken his three children to his in-laws’ home. When Cheryl attempted to help the children get some of their belongings out of the car, Borden shot her in the back of the head with a .380 caliber pistol. The children witnessed the shooting. Borden then shot Harris in the back as he was running into the house.
An execution was scheduled for Borden last October, but a stay was issued just three hours beforehand. Borden was one death row inmate in a consolidated case claiming lethal injection was unconstitutional and cruel and unusual punishment.
The stay was lifted on Borden’s execution in November and Borden’s request to reinstate it last week was denied. It is unclear whether a new execution date had been set for Borden.
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