Notorious Killer Executed

A man was executed for the 1994 triple murder at a Gadsden Popeye's restaurant.   Robert Melson, 46, was given a lethal injection at Holman prison Thursday night.  Melson was convicted of shooting and killing three employees of the fast-food restaurant during a robbery.     A 17-year old employee survived despite being shot five times, and identified Melson as the killer.   Bryant Archer, now 41, says he forgave Melson, and hoped he found God, prior to his execution.    Melson made no final statement.   Alabama attorney general Steve Marshall said,  "Robert Melson's decades-long avoidance of justice is over.  For twenty-three years, the families of the three young people whose lives he took, as well as a survivor, have waited for closure and healing.  That process can finally begin."


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