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Joe Nathan James Jr. biography: 13 things about Alabama man who shot Faith Hall Smith


Joe Nathan James Jr. was an inmate in Alabama, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was 4 years younger than his ex-girlfriend Faith Hall Smith. He is not the father of her children Toni Hall Melton and Terryln Hall.
  2. He and Smith dated in the early 1990s. After their breakup, he stalked and harassed her, went to her home uninvited and threatened to kill her and her ex-husband.
  3. On August 15, 1994, he fatally shot Smith inside her friend’s apartment in Birmingham, Alabama.
  4. In August 1996, he was convicted of murder, which was made capital because it was committed during a burglary, and sentenced to death row.
  5. In 1998, a court overturned his murder conviction and death sentence due to hearsay being admitted into evidence.
  6. In 1999, he was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death again.
  7. In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court denied his petition for certiorari or request to review his case.
  8. In 2010, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld his murder conviction.
  9. In 2017, the Alabama Supreme Court declined to review his case. When he appealed to the federal appeals court, he argued that during the sentencing phase of his second trial, his lawyers failed to investigate or present evidence on his behalf.
  10. In April 2020, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction because he failed to show a reasonable probability that his counsel’s performance affected the outcome of his sentencing proceeding. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date for him in March 2020.
  11. In March 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court denied to review his case.
  12. On July 28, 2022, he received no visitors but had phone calls with his mother and three attorneys namely James Ransom, John Palombi and Tatiana Pertsch. In the evening, was executed by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. The official time of death was 9:27 p.m.
  13. He died at the age of 50.

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