BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – In six days, a man sitting on Alabama’s death row is due to be executed, but the victim’s family is trying to stop it.
Joe Nathan James, Jr. was convicted of the 1994 murder of his former girlfriend Faith Hall.
Her daughters and her brother say that as long as they continue to miss her, taking the life of her killer won’t help. After prayer and conviction, they try to save his life.
“Taking her life won’t bring my mother back,” said Toni Melton, Hall’s daughter.
About a month ago, James was due to be executed on Thursday, July 28. According to the Associated Press, James, 49, was sentenced to death after being found guilty of capital murder in a burglary in the Faith Hall murder in Birmingham.
“Terry was 6. Toni was 3. I was 24,” Hall’s brother Helvetius Hall said. “It was a relationship that went wrong and she was trying to get out of it and he kept harassing her. We didn’t know how bad it was, but he did and that was the result He took his life.
He was first convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1996, then again at a retrial in 1999.
“Everyone says you get justice, y’all get justice,” Melton said. “It’s not justice. It’s just another family going through a loss like we did.
The family now sympathizes with James.
“This man literally knows his day and his hour,” Melton said. “This is pure torture. I know he’s going through this right now.”
“And we know that too,” said Terryln Hall, Hall’s daughter.
Helvetius says his sister was a wonderful woman and her spirit lives within the family. Because they are at peace, he says they want the state to grant them clemency.
“Who are we to suggest taking another person’s life? He took someone special from us, but we forgave him,” Helvetius said.
State Rep. Juandalynn Givan sent a letter Friday to Gov. Kay Ivey asking for a stay of execution.
“I had hate in my heart for this man because you took my mother, but as I got older I became a mother myself, I had to realize that you can’t walk around with hate in your heart,” Terryln said. “In order for me to live a prosperous life, I had to forgive.”
Instead of an execution, the family asks James to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
When the WBRC contacted the governor’s office for a response, a rep said, “We have received the letter from Rep. Juandalynn Givan. As with any future execution, the Governor will carefully review the facts and any other information presented to him.
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