Popular American reality TV celebrity and make-up mogul, Kim Kardashian has reacted to the news of the execution of Nathaniel Woods, despite him claiming innocent and her championing the campaign for pardon.
According to the reports Nathaniel Woods, 42, who was convicted of fatal shooting and killing of three officers in Birmingham, Alabama back in 2004, was executed on Thursday by lethal injection.
Woods Attorneys say he has maintained his innocence throughout the years, and the co-defendant in the case Kerry Spencer, has reportedly confessed to being the lone gunman in the crime. Spencer had admitted to pulling the trigger and denied Nathaniel Woods was involved, urging officials to halt the execution.
Kim Kardashian West who is an aspiring lawyer and a mother of four who seems to have dedicated some of her time to champion the campaign for a justice system reform in America, on Friday took to her social media to register her disappointment.
She made a post saying her “heart and prayers” are with the family of a death row inmate who was executed despite her campaign to save him.
She said: “The court has lifted the temporary stay of execution for Nathaniel Woods.
“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.
“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.”
She later tweeted: “RIP Nathaniel Woods”.
Woods has received an enormous amount of support as appeals have been made by multiple activists. Including Kardashian West who had been joined in the campaign to spare Woods the death penalty by Martin Luther King III, the son of the famed civil rights leader.
Martin Luther King III had recently written a letter to the governor of Alabama about Nathaniel Woods. In the letter, he said, “In just 2 days, your state, and the state I was born in, is set to kill a man who is very likely innocent. Killing this African American man, whose case appears to have been strongly mishandled by the courts, could produce an irreversible injustice.”
Other activists have raised questions around the original trial, alleging the defendant was given inadequate legal advice.
Earlier this week Kardashian West, 39, visited the White House with three women who had their sentences commuted by US President Donald Trump, allowing them early release from prison.
The mother-of-four said she and the women – non-violent offenders serving long sentences – planned to “discuss more change that our justice system desperately needs”.
The freed women had their cases championed by grandmother Alice Johnson, who was released from prison in June 2018 following a campaign by Kardashian West.