Kim Kardashian West has paid tribute to a death row prisoner who was executed “for a crime another man confessed to’. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star – who has been working on criminal justice reform for some time now – was horrified to learn that the 44-year-old Alabama man convicted of shooting three police officers was killed after attempts to save him.
As he was being executed on Thursday, Kim tweeted: “Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to save his life.”
Woods was sentenced to death in June 2004 for the murder of police officers Carlos Owen, Harley Chisolm and Charles Bennett.
And, although it was his roommate Kerry Spencer who fired the gun, the prosecutors held him responsible as it was reportedly his idea. Both were executed despite The Supreme Court offering a slight chance for a reprieve when Justice Clarence Thomas signed the execution order stating that it would be delayed “pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court.
Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family and all the advocates who worked tirelessly to save his life.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 6, 2020
However, Governor Kay Ivey announced that she will not be handing a “reprieve in this case”.
Alongside a copy of the document, law student Kim – who has worked with prisoners on death row – wrote: “The court has lifted the temporary stay of execution for #NathanielWoods. The governor will NOT save his life. My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family. This is a tragic example of injustice in the system in a few minutes Nate may die for a crime he did not commit. (sic)
The letter read: “Governor Ivey has carefully reviewed the letter you submitted on behalf of Nathaniel Woods dated March 3, 2020 requesting a reprieve of death sentence. Governor Ivey does not presently intend to exercise her powers of commutation or reprieve in this case. (sic) Kim previously persuaded Donald Trump to release Alice Marie Johnson, who had been given a life sentence for a first-time drug offence.