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Isaacs is put to death

May 6, 2003

Jackson - Carl Isaacs, who helped kill six members of a southwest Georgia farming family 30 years ago, was put to death Tuesday night. The 49-year-old Isaacs died of a lethal injection at 8:07pm for orchestrating the Alday family killings in Seminole County on May 14th, 1973.

Isaacs declined an opportunity to make a final statement, but did ask for a final prayer. After the prayer he mouthed "Amen." Appeals and a retrial kept Isaacs on death row longer than anyone else in the nation. The Supreme Court refused to grant a last-minute stay, although Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer said the court should have agreed to consider Isaacs' claim that it was unconstitutional to execute him after his long imprisonment.

Over the years, Isaacs' lawyers argued that publicity prevented him from receiving a fair trial and tried to explain his actions by shedding light on his abusive childhood in Baltimore. A retrial ended in the same verdict and sentence.

In his final days, Isaacs, through his lawyer, offered remorse for the killings, saying he was not the same hotheaded person who committed the crime at 19. The Alday family was unmoved, citing Isaacs' own boastful words in a series of 1975 prison interviews.

At the time of the murders, Isaacs was on the run from authorities after escaping from a minimum-security prison camp in Maryland. Two other men are serving life sentences for the murders. A third was released from prison in 1993.

Posted at 9:25pm by kathryn.murchison@walb.com