Jarrod Taylor was sentenced to death by the State of Alabama for a triple murder that occurred during a robbery. According to court documents Jarrod Taylor would fatally shoot three people during a robbery at a car dealership. Jarrod Taylor would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.
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The state of Alabama’s plans to execute a man convicted in a triple-murder more than two decades ago are on hold after the belated discovery that he had opted for a new method of execution that has not been developed.
On July 29, the attorney general’s office filed a motion asking the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date for Jarrod Taylor, who killed three people during a robbery of a car dealership in Mobile in 1997.
Taylor has been on death row since 1998 and had no pending appeals, the motion said. It said Taylor had not opted for nitrogen hypoxia, a method of execution that inmates could choose instead of lethal injection under a bill passed by the Legislature last year.
But Taylor’s lawyer, Joshua Myrick, responded with a motion saying that Taylor had opted for nitrogen hypoxia before the June 30, 2018 deadline and had documentation to back that up..
On Aug. 2, the attorney general’s office asked the Supreme Court to withdraw the request for an execution date.
That motion says Taylor’s lawyer sent a copy of Taylor’s signed form electing nitrogen hypoxia dated June 28, 2018, as well as contemporaneous emails about Taylor’s decision.
The motion says that Taylor indicated he signed two election forms, gave one to his lawyer and the other to an Alabama Department of Corrections employee to give to the warden. The motion says the attorney general’s office never received a copy of the form and that the ADOC did not have the form in its files.
“Nevertheless, the documentation provided by Taylor’s counsel supports the assertion that he made a timely election of nitrogen hypoxia,” the AG’s motion says. “The State intends to honor that election.
“As the ADOC is not yet prepared to proceed with an execution by nitrogen hypoxia, the state requests that it be allowed to withdraw its previous motion.” The Supreme Court granted the request on Aug. 6.
Today, the attorney general’s office declined to comment beyond what was stated in the motion. The ADOC also declined comment.
No state has done executions by nitrogen hypoxia. Mississippi and Oklahoma have also passed laws for nitrogen executions but have not announced a protocol.
The attorney general’s office has not released any information about the state’s efforts to develop the nitrogen method of execution.
The AG’s office has hired an industrial safety expert under a contract related to nitrogen executions but has declined to explain the purpose and declined AL.com’s request for a copy of the contract under the state’s public records law.
Court records describe Taylor’s crimes as methodical and heartless. He fatally shot Sherry Gaston, a salesperson at the car dealership, her husband Bruce Gaston, and Steve Dyas, the co-owner of the dealership. The victims were begging for their lives when Taylor shot them, according to testimony from Taylor’s accomplice, who entered a plea deal.