James Barber, an Alabama death row convict, consumed a western omelet and loaded hash browns as his final meal.

James Barber

Before his execution on Friday morning, Alabama death row convict James Barber had close to 30 visitors and consumed a final meal of a western omelet, loaded hash browns, and other breakfast fixings, according to officials.

Just before two in the morning on Friday, 64-year-old Barber was given a lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

Twenty years after being found guilty of fatally striking 75-year-old Dorothy Epps with a claw hammer, the former handyman passed away.

In the two days before his execution, the confessed killer received 32 visitors, 22 of whom visited him on Thursday alone, according to the State of Alabama Department of Corrections.

In addition, he received two calls on Thursday and six on Wednesday.

In addition to the omelet and loaded hash browns, Barber reportedly wanted hot sausage and toast, according to officials.

He had earlier declined breakfast but had nibbles and beverages all day.

Before being put to death, Barber spent time expressing regret and addressing the guards, "I forgive you for what you are about to do."

"I want to express my love to the Epps family. Barber expressed regret for what had happened. "There are no words to express how I feel."

The early morning activities were attended by Glen Barber, his brother, and Elizabeth Bruenig, a friend.

It was the first execution since Alabama stopped carrying them out in the fall of last year due to two botched injections.

Through his lawyers, Barber had pleaded with the court to halt the execution, claiming that the state has a history of failing "to carry out a lethal injection execution in a constitutional manner."

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The matter reached the US Supreme Court, where the judges turned down his motion.

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