Alabama death row inmate apparently commits suicide by hanging himself in jail cell

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An inmate on death row in Alabama was identified dead inside of his prison cell early on Sunday morning of an apparent suicide, according to the state’s Division of Corrections.

Jeffrey Lynn Borden, 57, was identified “hanging by a bed sheet in his cell at around two:30 a.m. throughout a safety verify” on Sunday and pronounced dead at three p.m. this afternoon. His physique has been turned more than to the Alabama Division of Forensic Sciences, according to AL.com.

As of Sunday, Borden had spent 24 years, 5 months and four days in prison following his murder conviction, according to the state’s Division of Corrections.

He’d been on death row considering that 1995 following he was sentenced for the 1993 murders of his estranged wife, Cheryl Borden, and her father, Roland Harris.

The brutal slayings took location at a loved ones gathering in Gardendale, Ala., on Christmas Eve following Borden had brought the couple’s 3 youngsters to his in-laws’ residence. When his estranged wife attempted to aid their youngsters move some of issues from the the auto, Borden pulled out a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol and shot her in the back of the head in front of the youngsters. Borden then proceeded to shoot Harris in the back as he attempted to run into the residence, investigators stated.

Each Cheryl Borden and Harris died of their wounds later that evening at a neighborhood hospital.

Borden was scheduled to be executed final October, but, just 3 hours just before he was set to die, U.S. District Court Judge Keith Watkins issued a remain on Borden’s execution – the second 1 issued that week. Borden was 1 of a quantity of death row inmates in a consolidated case in Alabama that claimed the lethal injection technique of execution employed in the state was unconstitutional and amounted to cruel and uncommon punishment.

In November, Watkins sooner or later lifted the remain on Borden’s execution and rejected a request this February from Borden’s lawyers to reinstate it. It is unclear if a new date was set for his execution.