Rocky Myers is currently on death row at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.
Rocky Myers was convicted by a nearly all-white jury who sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of his white neighbour. The trial judge overrode their decision and imposed a death sentence – a practice now outlawed in Alabama. No evidence linked him to the scene of the murder of which he was convicted, except for a video-recorder stolen from the victim, which he maintains he had found abandoned in the street. Key testimonies against him were tainted by inconsistencies and allegations of police pressure, with one later recanted as untrue.
At age 11, Rocky Myers was diagnosed with an intellectual disability. His assigned lawyer for post-conviction appeals abandoned his case without notice, making him miss key deadlines for judicial appeals. The courts relied primarily on IQ tests, a standard which the US Supreme Court found to be inadequate in 2014, to reject his request for a deadline extension submitted on the grounds that he is a person with an intellectual disability.
Racial and class bias also affected the proceedings against him. Rocky Myers faced execution in 2004 and 2012. As the Governor of Alabama, you can use the power of clemency to alleviate the flaws in the case against him that the criminal justice system could not address and even heightened.
Rocky Myers’ birthday is July 16th. Each July, activists from around the world mobilize to raise awareness about Rocky’s case, wish him a happy birthday, and urge Alabama’s Governor to commute his death sentence.
Send birthday cards:
Rocky Myers, AIS 0000Z563
Holman Correctional Facility, M-44
866 Ross Road
Atmore, AL 36503 – USA
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Help us raise awareness on #RockyMyers’ quest for justice and our fights against the #deathpenalty.
Take action online, share a video message and spread the word on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to get as many people as possible to wish Rocky a happy birthday and ask Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey to intervene: @KayIveyAL for Facebook; @governorkayivey for Instagram; and @GovernorKayIvey for twitter