Jimmy Dill

The State of Alabama executed Jimmy Dill on April 16, 2009, for capital murder, in spite of serious concerns that he did not receive the adequate legal assistance necessary to ensure a reliable conviction and sentence in his case. Because he was poor, Mr. Dill had only an appointed lawyer whose pay was limited to $1000 and who did not investigate or present evidence in Mr. Dill's defense. Alabama is the only state in the country without a state-funded program to provide legal assistance to death row prisoners.