John Louis Evans III
The execution of John Louis Evans didn’t bode well for capital punishment supoorters. The robber turned murderer was the first execution in the state of Alabama since the restitution of the death penalty in 1976. Seven years after reintroducing capital punishment, Evans’ execution proved to be a prime example cited by opposers after the inmate died in what is considered a rather torturous manner. Evans was strapped to the electric chair nicknamed Yellow Mama, which was well over 50 years old and had been out of commission since 1965. The execution of Evans took fourteen minutes and three separate jarring jolts from the device. Between 8:30 and 8:44pm, the inmate charred from each jolt, the stench of his burning flesh and clothing nauseating surveyors. Despite pleas from Evans’ attorney for clemency due to the lengthy and painful electrocution, the switch was flipped a third time, finally killing Evans, who’s fist had been permanently clenched since the first jolt of 1,900 volts.