Alabama executes man in 1994 triple slaying

Robert Melson killed 3 in Popeye's restaurant


Alabama has executed 46-year-old Robert Melson, who was convicted for the 1994 shooting deaths of three fast food restaurant employees, the Associated Press reports.

Melson was convicted of killing three people during a robbery of a Popeye’s restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama. He ordered four employees into the restaurant’s freezer, then opened fire on them, killing three. The surviving employee crawled out of the freezer and called for help.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily delayed the execution to consider his claim that the state planned to use a drug that would not reliably render him unconscious. The court later OK’d the execution.