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Alabama Execution Occurs Despite Protests Inmate Was Mentally Ill

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The Alabama execution of Andrew Reid Lackey, 29, went off as planned yesterday for the 2005 murder of a World War II veteran — despite objections the condemned man was mentally ill.

Lackey’s Alabama execution by lethal injection happened Thursday night at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama, the state’s first since 2011.

Lackey was convicted of the 2005 killing of 80-year-old World War Two veteran Charlie Newman, whose grandson was acquainted with the man’s murdered and let slip Newman was in possession of gold bars.

According to 911 records, Newman’s last words before the 2005 Halloween slaying were “come sit down and let me pray for you,” spoken as he tried to calm Lackey before the robbery motivated murder.

On the tape, the man put to death in yesterday’s Alabama execution was heard asking about the location of the gold bars. Newman was beaten and stabbed.

Advocates for the mentally ill in the justice system opposed Lackey’s Alabama execution, releasing a statement earlier this week decrying the punishment:

“Alabama prison doctors currently are treating Mr. Lackey with multiple psychotropic medications and his mental illness is longstanding. His mother testified at trial that he ‘lives in Andrew land,’ that he does not fully understand ‘what is really going on,’ and that there has been ‘something wrong’ with him since he was an infant… Recently, Mr. Lackey has attempted suicide, saying that his ‘mind has started to break down,’ and that he was in an ‘infinite loop where he sees the end as the beginning.’ After his failed suicide attempt, Mr. Lackey’s suffering led him to ask the State of Alabama to execute him.”

NBC reports that the Alabama execution occurred at around 6PM, and that Lackey was declared dead at 6:25:

“The drugs seemed to to take effect within a couple of minutes. Lackey’s chest and abdomen convulsed slightly for several minutes. That was followed by what appeared to be several minutes of shallow breathing. He remained still and quiet for several minutes until a corrections officer closed the curtain at 6:15 p.m.”

The Alabama execution was this year’s 21st U.S. death sentence carried out.

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130 Responses to “Alabama Execution Occurs Despite Protests Inmate Was Mentally Ill”

  1. Mandy McMoy Skogebo

    The argument for his mental health is a little late when it happens AFTER he murders an innocent 80 year old man. We can learn from this though. It should be easier for families to have their mentally ill adult children evaluated and have the court mandate hospitalization and treatment in the most severe instances.

  2. Rick Griffin

    He was not too mentally ill to rob and kill the poor man so he is not too ill to pay for it. We must have the most mentally ill people in the world! As soon as they are caught they scream mental illness. Inject them all and do away with this lame excuse because it makes innocent life cheap!

  3. Janet Lurker

    This is the newest and latest defense for most criminals. In my opinion anyone who kills someone for their personal gain, jealousy, or outright hate are all crazy. I do not feel sorry for any of them including Jodi Arias. We now have one less person on death row to feed and a burden on the taxpayers.

  4. Janet Lurker

    This is the newest and latest defense for most criminals. In my opinion anyone who kills someone for their personal gain, jealousy, or outright hate are all crazy. I do not feel sorry for any of them including Jodi Arias. We now have one less person on death row to feed and a burden on the taxpayers.

  5. Janet Lurker

    This is the newest and latest defense for most criminals. In my opinion anyone who kills someone for their personal gain, jealousy, or outright hate are all crazy. I do not feel sorry for any of them including Jodi Arias. We now have one less person on death row to feed and a burden on the taxpayers.

  6. Timothy Parker

    Mental health deviancies is NOT AN EXCUSE for actions of homicide and illegal activity. They had a thought of "lets rob someone, then lets kill the person". Simple conclusion that their thought process worked but was an evil process.
    If you liberal minded people feel it was wrong to kill him why did you not ask to take the place of this person and he could move into your home. Hmmmm thought that would be your answer!

  7. Timothy Parker

    Mental health deviancies is NOT AN EXCUSE for actions of homicide and illegal activity. They had a thought of "lets rob someone, then lets kill the person". Simple conclusion that their thought process worked but was an evil process.
    If you liberal minded people feel it was wrong to kill him why did you not ask to take the place of this person and he could move into your home. Hmmmm thought that would be your answer!

  8. Timothy Parker

    Mental health deviancies is NOT AN EXCUSE for actions of homicide and illegal activity. They had a thought of "lets rob someone, then lets kill the person". Simple conclusion that their thought process worked but was an evil process.
    If you liberal minded people feel it was wrong to kill him why did you not ask to take the place of this person and he could move into your home. Hmmmm thought that would be your answer!

  9. David Gaudette

    if you commit a capital crime your mental state is established and you should be executed we just draw it out to long and spend too much mony on the executions. 200 for a bullet and a pine box and 800 for cremations.

  10. Kevin Vieira

    To me, saying he shouldn't be executed for murder because he's a friggon nut is like saying I shouldn't die of cancer because I am sick.

  11. Anonymous

    Off all the death row slugs and let God sort it out.

  12. Rob Ellis

    Stop with the liberal crap–I agree with you and I am a liberal (as the terminology supposedly goes). Claiming crazy is not a valid excuse. We are all crazy ion our own sense and it pains me to see people murder then claim insanity. We then have to pay for this person to live their lives on our dime and people wonder why we are in debt? The whole judicial system is screwed up. Someone murders they get 3-5 or 7-10. Rob a bank get 25-life, theft-same thing-25-life. As the old saying goes, if you hit somebody with your car you better back up and make sure they are dead because you will get less jail time.

  13. Anonymous

    Sounds like they did the guy a favor….He attempted suicide and claimed he was suffering. Done. 'nuff said.

  14. David McCullough

    He apparently was aware of what he was doing, and what he was after, when he decided to kill this 80 y/o hero.
    So now people are bitching about him being mentally retarded? These are no doubt the same people that thought that Dan White should have been aquitted for killing George Mosconi and Harvey Milk, citing "diminished capacity" for eating too many TWINKIES! The only sad part about him being executed, is that Charlie Newman's family didn't get to say HOW he was to be executed!

  15. Kathy Pickett

    I guess if he'd been sick that long, his mother should have had him committed BEFORE he murdered an old man for his gold. He MAY have been mentally ill, but he was CERTAINLY cruel and greedy when he killed the old man. Death was the proper punishment. No sympathy from me. And just FYI – I'm a Democrat.

  16. Paul James Farinella

    Timothy, you couldn't be more wrong. People who are mentally challenged to not have a thought of "let's rob someone, then let's kill the person." Simple conclusion that their thought process does not work. It is killing these people that is an evil process. You CONservative minded people feel it right to kill people, but then claim you are "pro-life." Such shameful hypocrisy Timothy. How many unwanted children have you adopted and cared for until they reached maturity? HOW MANY TIMOTHY ? Hmmmmmm thought that would be your answer.

  17. Paul James Farinella

    Because it is wrong Olde. There is your answer.

  18. Paul James Farinella

    David, you make a claim that the "he" was aware of what he was doing? How do you know? Are you an expert on mental disorders? You have not right to make such a claim without evidence to back it up, but then again you are a CONservative, a lying hypocritical tea-scum-bagging anti-American plutocratic theocratic blood thirsty fascist. Being mentally challenged is not the same thing as being sound minded and killing a government employee. Apples to oranges David, but then again… you are a CONservative.

  19. Paul James Farinella

    Kathy, how do you even know this man's mother even cared? Death is never the "proper" punishment, especially for someone who is mentally challenged. With all do respect, Kathy, you sound a bit mentally challenged to me.

  20. Paul James Farinella

    No such thing as "god," so it can't be sorted out the way you think, or should I say don't think.

  21. Rick Hunter

    @Paul James Farinella… would you feel the same way if it was YOUR grandfather he butchered for his fortune? Didn't think so.

  22. Rick Hunter

    The fact that he MAY be mentally ill is even more of a reason to eliminate this virus to humanity before he further infects the global gene pool any worse than it already is. Squeamish about doing it? Let me know, I'll push the plunger, no problem.

  23. Paul James Farinella

    Why is the argument for mental health a little late after the fact? I agree it should be easier for families to have their mentally challenged members evaluated and treated properly, but not all families are equipped emotionally or financially to handle the challenge.

  24. Paul James Farinella

    And where are all the so called pro-lifers? Hmmmmm, such hypocrisy by the radical fascist CONservative right.

  25. Anonymous

    Waahoo, Rick Perry of Texas must have had a sexual orgasm just thinking about the execution.

  26. Scott Narvesen

    Paul James Farinella – Because you do not believe in God means there is no God. Great answer shows a lot of ignorance on your part!!

  27. Anonymous

    I'm not buying his mentally ill defense. Oh and Paul Farinella, we the people believe you need to seek help. Do us all a favor!

  28. Anonymous

    I'm not buying his mentally ill defense. Oh and Paul Farinella, we the people believe you need to seek help. Do us all a favor!

  29. Arthur Ross

    You are right, he was mentally ill. Anyone who commits murder defiantly is mentally ill to begin with, but this is no excuse for the horrible crimes that are committed by these people…Don't waste your time on this sorry ass animal, give it to the families he destroyed, that being the victims family, and his own. Pray for them, and let God deal with the deceased…

  30. Lafferty Gary

    Smart mental ill get it on record so if they do kill no death penalty. Mental ill can be very good thief and crooks. Once new one. In and out of jail last I you conviction felon with a hand gun got 5 did 3 and one half good behavior. Much smarter then average Joe. Sooner or later he loses. He burned all his family bridges included is own children who I think he loved. But gave up because of mounting child support debt while in prison. Lost good jobs because of prison. Then he turned on me good friend. I know what his family went threw with him. I was finished.

  31. Lafferty Gary

    Smart mental ill get it on record so if they do kill no death penalty. Mental ill can be very good thief and crooks. Once new one. In and out of jail last I you conviction felon with a hand gun got 5 did 3 and one half good behavior. Much smarter then average Joe. Sooner or later he loses. He burned all his family bridges included is own children who I think he loved. But gave up because of mounting child support debt while in prison. Lost good jobs because of prison. Then he turned on me good friend. I know what his family went threw with him. I was finished.

  32. Bill Johnson

    So he was crazy, you would have to be to murder someone like this…too bad…good to get him off the earth and good that we don't have to support his incarceration any longer….good riddance.

  33. Lafferty Gary

    This is not about Liberal minded people IDIOT it about mental illness. You sound like you got a tad. Probable just stupid. Parker

  34. Sheri Layla Brown

    Lafferty Gary—You show such a lack of class when you call someone an idiot or stupid just because they do not agree with you!! I happen to agree with you that Mental illness is not an excuse–but if you can't make a point without calling someone a name—-you should keep quiet until you can state your opinion without calling names!! Makes you look stupid!!

  35. Katie Daily

    All murderers are mentally ill to some extent. I'm not saying execution was the best punishment because it didn't hurt the murderer, just his loved ones. Maybe she should have spent life incarcerated..and beaten daily.

  36. Eugene Morris

    Mommy say's, "That he does not fully understand what is really going on".

    He understands what GOLD is, He understands stabbing will hurt or KILL someone.

    Mentally Ill?, yeah and that is not an excuse under the law, did he understand that. LOL

    He's gone and won't be a "Pus Bag" on society, WELL DONE ALABAMA!

  37. Sheri Layla Brown

    Scott Narvesen Just because you believe in God does not mean there is a God ether!! Your such a wonderful man of God by calling him ignorant!! He has the same right not to believe as you have the rIght to believe.

  38. Sheri Layla Brown

    I am a liberal but when it comes to murder I become just the opposite! I feel that if you do the crime–You must pay the price!! It has nothing to do with radical fascist–Wrong is wrong!!!

  39. Anonymous

    Since he was mentally ill, the authorities should have told him that the shot he was given, would take him to gold bar heaven. Than way the poor boy would not have any anxiety. I m sure the good hearted WWII vet asked the Lord for mercy when he approached the pearly gates.

  40. Anonymous

    I live in Alabama. We don't have a shortage of nuts & we'll make more. Single file please.

  41. Patrick Sean McNees

    Good. There should be at least 1 execution EVERY DAY in EVERY STATE. Time for my tax dollars to go to something more important than housing these worthless cretins.

  42. Mari Mason

    Aw, poor suk! Wasn't too mentally ill to rob and kill! Greedy phuck!

  43. Michael Hiller

    …this country has a strong need for blood lust…and this happens a lot in the South. They have (including Texas) executed several people who are mentally unstable. I agree that anyone who kills anyone other than in self defense is out of their mind…but these people have long histories of medication, suicide attempts and a lot of other things that show a history of mental problems. But…just kill 'em. Makes the hard core in our country feel better about themselves doling out punishment.

  44. Peter Mcmanus

    funny how all the dumb hillbillies say prolife, save the babies but want to kill others like the guy in this story. the bible says thou shall not cast judgment on others, so who is to say the baby or mentally challenged man's life is more valuable? dumb rednecks go back to you budwaaiiser and maaarlboros ROTFLMFAO

  45. Christi Conley

    I have worked with mentally ill people & there are SO many levels of illness. However, none of the folks I ever worked with didn't know that murder was wrong – it isn't as if the killer thought the man was the devil (I know you have all heard of those cases) he blatantly murdered him for his gold. Therefore, his mental illness had nothing to do with his crime. I totally agree that is needs to be easier for families & loved ones get their adult children & companions evaluated & have mandated treatment & confinement when needed. As for families not being emotionally or financially able to "handle the challenge" – the reality is 95% of the adults we are talking about are already on state aid – the families & loved ones HAVE been dealing with it and if they can't (or choose not to) they would be eased from their burden if it were easier to have adults treated and/or committed. It's a terrible flaw in our society that nothing can be done until AFTER a crime has been committed – same story with most of the "social" ills we suffer from – prevention is the answer not trying to fix things once the damage is done.

  46. Donald Goss

    Well, now we don't need to worry about him fooling a doctor and being released. He knew enough to hide what he did and try to rob someone. Plus, now the state doesn't have to pay to keep this animal midicated, housed, fed and entertained.

  47. Jim Aroyo

    Karla Faye Tucker was also mentally ill when she was executed in Texas. Anyone who would claim that she found Jesus when he wasn't lost had to be mentally ill.

  48. Kelly Michaels

    Each state needs to execute at least 1, if not more inmates per day on death row, and televise it and do away with lethal injection, go back to hanging, firing squad, or gas chamber. Let those being executed feel pain and suffer in their death, just as their victims did. Let the future gangbangers and thugs see the price they will pay.

  49. Donna Wallace

    Since when is greed a mental illness. They did the right thing and I wish more states would do it. People do and have broken out of jails.

  50. Ed Baker

    Sorry , Mental illness is only Treatable NOT Curable.If this person committed this atrocity then he should be put to death.He would have only killed again….mental illness that causes violence is like rabies , they must be put down.

  51. Anonymous

    This country sorely needs an across the board death penalty, quick non jury trials and an execution similar to the fate of the victims. This would include those who commit major intentional financial fraud against others.

  52. Gene Hall

    I could care less if you are mentally ill or have a low I.Q., if you do anything to warrant a death pentaly, so be it.if you are mentally ill, to bad…next…..

  53. Gayle Schmidt Doyer

    Paul James Farinella -
    If you gave such a damn for him then why weren't you at the prison protesting his execution? Why haven't you done anything for him before he was rightfully executed? So easy for you to sit up there on your high horse and look down your nose at people huh. SMH.

  54. Donny White

    Paul James Farinella Not to mention, I think the article makes it pretty clear, according to his mother, this was a lifelong affliction. The article even says the prison docs had him on psyche meds. This is a no brainer. I'm a strong advocate of the death penalty being an option to certain crimes. But this was not one of those times. That young man needed help a long time ago, but our mental health system is a joke.

  55. Donny White

    Lafferty Gary Ummmm. Did you actually read the article or just look at the pictures? He ASKED for the state to go ahead and execute him. He wasn't trying to get out of anything.

  56. Janet Moore

    I put a golden retriever down with basically the same drugs. he died peacfully. why should men or women have the chance to "just go to sleep" when they kill someone.

  57. Jonathan Lewis

    Protests? Lol. No medical or psychological proof, just angry people. Riiiiiight. Our society defends the guilty and wants to set them free. Maybe those protesting were mentally ill? ;)

  58. Anonymous

    Very well put. 100% right; but don't let any bleeding heart liberals hear you. Ypo might ruin there day.

  59. Guy Haslam

    Donny White …Sure why not! I believe that EVERY murderer is mentally ill. All you have to do is read the protest articles… every one of them is either "mildly retarded" or "mentally ill". I could believe one here & one there, but EVERY ONE OF THEM?

  60. Guy Haslam

    Donny White … Sooo… he got what he asked for then! It was also what he deserved!! Being mentally ill doesn't give him a pass…. more PC junk!

  61. Eric Jorgensen

    well….if someone murdered me…I wouldn't want that person to.
    go on living…Im dead…he/she gets to see TV/work out/enjoy breathing..
    and in some states can have sex visits…only problem is the time between.
    GUILTY and the final injection!

  62. Michelle Malone-Shira

    There's nothing "new" about the insanity defense. It has been around for years. Personally, I feel he did the crime he got what was coming to him. Mentally I'll or not. I'm considered "mentally ill" because I have depression but I don't kill people.

  63. Michelle Malone-Shira

    stk6mkt I'm a Democrat and I feel no pity for this guy. Stop generalizing and grow up.

  64. Anonymous

    If he was smart enough to murder someone, then he was mentally fit to be executed.

  65. Anonymous

    Sheri Layla Brown You're a cunt and I wish nothing but bad things for you,

  66. Harvey Lain

    Oh well, he's not mentally ill now, he's DEAD. He won't be doing it again will he?

  67. Harvey Lain

    Paul James Farinella Too bad! Guess he won't be doing it again will he?

  68. Harvey Lain

    Paul James Farinella Death is never the proper punishment? Say that after some perverted psycho kidnaps, rapes, murders, and dismembers one of your kids. Fucking idiot! You're the one that's mentally challenged.

  69. Bill Jones

    notice how murders cop an insanity plea so quick? Think about it!

  70. Harvey Lain

    Paul James Farinella I guess if they are so mentally ill that they are killing innocent people for no good reason then maybe society doesn't exactly need them and they need to be put somewhere where they can't harm anyone else. Like maybe IN THE GROUND.

  71. Harvey Lain

    Paul James Farinella Why is it a sick comment? It's the absolute truth. Bleeding heart liberals like you need to suffer some personal tragedy to bring you in touch with reality.

  72. Harvey Lain

    Tom Rachford I'm guessing literally in a lot of cases!

  73. Harvey Lain

    In the state that I am from there is no "Not guilty by reason of insanity" plea. The only insanity plea available is "Guilty but insane." Under this scenario the killer goes for treatment for their mental issues and either stays locked up forever or until they are judged sane. At that point they go back to court and are tried for their crime. This is the ONLY insanity plea that should be allowed in the United States. There is no logical reason to just keep letting murderers go to kill again. If their death doesn't deter anyone else from committing the same type of crime it damned sure deters them from doing it again.

  74. Chris Lamb

    Paul definitely illustrates to us of his sick minded intellectual idiocy. Definitely proving to us that he supports the guilty over the innocent, whether it is supporting the cut throat over the victim, or the person committing genocide against innocent unwanted children. I sure feel sorry for his wife and kids if he has any. (He probably doesn't because his SF picture and constant "Hmmmmmm"-ing may tell us that he is a homo!) Anyway, his family will not stand a chance if they were victims because he would be sympathizing with the attacker. He definitely has proven to us that he no longer has any common sense left in his mind because it has been replaced with left wing psychobabble! So arguing with them will be like spitting in the wind.

  75. Lin Jaynes

    Tom Rachford I consider my self to be a liberal & im proud of that Tom, contrary to what the Fox /fixed news nuts & Rush Limbaugh, Loonie TUNE devotees believe. Yet I do not cry for any man, or woman ,who kills another, for love of money. My parents were both military/army & also World War 11 veterans & my father also was robbed & then murdered in Hot Springs Arkansas, in broad day light, beaten & then shot to death, for his measly S.S. retirement check of less than $300.00 back in the late 70's. My Dad also was a proud Liberal, but he also understood ,there are wicked people in this World & they do terrible things to good people. Bright man my father. R.I.P. Old vet. R.I.P. Dad

  76. Scott Brewster

    No system of justice can produce results which are 100% certain all the time. Mistakes will be made in any system which relies upon human beings for proof. We should be vigilant to uncover and avoid such mistakes. Our system of justice rightfully demands a higher standard for death penalty cases. However, the risk of making a mistake with the extraordinary due process applied in death penalty cases is very small, and there is no credible evidence to show that any innocent persons have been executed at least since the death penalty was reactivated in 1976… The inevitability of a mistake should not serve as grounds to eliminate the death penalty any more than the risk of having a fatal wreck should make automobiles illegal. I say justice is done.

  77. Anonymous

    Mentally ill or not you commit a violent crime like murder you should be executed. There is no cure for these fiends.

  78. Anonymous

    Donny White he was a murderer bottom line, he would kill again. Justice prevailed.

  79. Leslie Michelle

    Well they should have put him in a mental ward , but it is alabama and if they did that than who would be living in the state. Can't put all the mentally ill people in a ward.