Ala. man executed for 4 slain in shooting spree

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Posted: May 19, 2011 7:38 PM
Ala. man executed for 4 slain in shooting spree

An Alabama man was executed Thursday for the deaths of four people in a 1992 shooting spree.

Corrections officials said 42-year-old Jason Oric Williams died at 6:19 p.m. CDT following a lethal injection administered at Holman Prison in Atmore.

Williams became the first person to die in Alabama's death chamber since the state switched to pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental in its execution cocktail. The state switched drugs because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental.

Williams was convicted in the Feb. 15, 1992, deaths of Gerald Paravicini and his neighbors. Freddie Barber and Barber's wife, Linda, and their grown son Bryant. Court records show Williams claimed he was high on marijuana, LSD, crack cocaine and alcohol at the time.