ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - The execution of 30-year old Andrew Lackey is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. Thursday evening at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. Lackey has been behind bars since his 2008 conviction in the death of an elderly Athens man.
Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson Brian Corbett tells WHNT News 19 Lackey has already been moved to a special holding cell near the execution chamber on death row at Holman. Lackey stopped all appeals of his case last year and asked that the state set a date for his execution. The state complied with that request.
In fact, Lackey dismissed his attorneys and petitioned the court himself to forego any additional appeals in his case. A hand-written petition from Lackey asked that the state carry out his sentence.
Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson was still an investigator on Halloween, 2005, when 80-year old Charles Newman was murdered in his home during an apparent robbery.
"I remember the entire case. I remember from the moment they called me on up working pretty much through the night on this case," Chief Johnson said. He added, "This was one of those cases where it was a 9-1-1 phone call that alerted us that something in the residence was wrong. Officers arrived and found Mr. Newman."
Newman was dead when officers reached him. He had been shot and stabbed several times. Within the hour, however, Lackey was in custody. Investigators say Newman had shot and wounded him, leaving Lackey's blood and DNA at the crime scene.
Lackey would later be convicted of capital murder and the judge followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced him to death.
"The whole thing is an odd case. I mean it was very well planned, very deliberate case, very deliberate on Lackey's part," Johnson said.
Lackey might have spent the next decade or two on death row but after dismissing his attorneys, he hand wrote a petition to the court asking for no further appeals of his case, and requesting that a date be set for his execution.
WHNT News 19 reached out to Mr. Newman's family this afternoon. They declined to comment for this story but did say several members of the victim's family will attend Thursday's scheduled execution.
We also spoke with former Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Valls, who prosecuted the case. She says it was a particularily heinous crime. She says she has talked with several members of the jury since the conviction and they all have told her they were quite comfortable with the verdict and the sentence.
Lackey, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection, will become the first Alabama inmate put to death in approximately two years.