Alabama death row inmate Christopher Price was executed Thursday night for the 1991 murder of a pastor in Fayette County. Price was 19 when he used a sword and knife to kill Bill Lynn, during a robbery at the victim's home. Price, 46, was given a lethal injection at Holman prison, near Atmore. The execution was carried out shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an 11th hour appeal from Price.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement:
“Tonight, the family of Pastor Bill Lynn, who was brutally murdered nearly 30 years ago, has finally seen Lynn’s killer face justice. Christopher Price was put to death at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, fighting until the very end to avoid facing the consequences of his heinous crime.
“On December 22, 1991, Bill Lynn was wrapping Christmas gifts for his grandchildren when the electricity in his home suddenly went out. Stepping outside to check the power box, Lynn was ambushed, slashed, and stabbed with a sword and knife dozens of times. His killer, Christopher Price, dodged his death sentence for the better part of three decades by employing much the same strategy he has pursued today and tonight: desperately clinging to legal maneuverings to avoid facing his just punishment. In the end, justice got the last word.
“Tonight, Pastor Lynn’s family can finally begin to seek peace and closure.”