Matthew Reeves offered no final words and only few movements as his execution was carried out Thursday evening at Holman Prison in Atmore.
Reeves was pronounced dead around 9:24 p.m., according to Commissioner John Hamm. His execution began around 9:03 p.m., after a stay was lifted at 7:25 p.m. from the nation’s highest court.
Reeves had no final words, no final meal and no spiritual advisor present for his execution, which took place despite claims that he was intellectually disabled.
As the execution began, Reeves grimaced and rose his head slightly to look at the IV in his arm, before he laid his head back down. Around 9:09 p.m., he closed his eyes, though his abdomen continued moving.
Shortly after that time, a prison official performed a consciousness test which consisted of a hand wave over his face and an arm pinch.
Before 9:15 p.m., Reeves stopped moving.
After Reeves was pronounced dead, Hamm read a statement from the family of Willie Johnson to gathered media witnesses.
“After 26 years, justice has finally been served,” Hamm read from the family’s statement. “Our family can now have some closure.”
Reeves was executed for the murder of Willie Johnson, a man who picked up Reeves and other individuals on the side of the highway in Selma in November of 1996.