COUNCIL CHRONICLE – An Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson recently confirmed that Jeffrey Lynn Borden, a death row inmate scheduled to be executed this month, was found dead in his cell on Sunday. Prison officials declared that Borden hanged himself with a bedsheet.
Death Row Inmate Spent the Last 25 Years in Prison
On Sunday morning, an Alabama correctional officer discovered the lifeless body of 57-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Borden, an inmate who’s been on death row since 1995.
Allegedly, the night before his suicide, Borden fashioned a noose using his bedsheet and on Sunday used it to take his own life.
Death was pronounced at the scene and Borden’s body later taken to Alabama’s Department of Forensic Science for a post-mortem examination.
According to the Alabama Department of Corrections spokesperson, Borden was sentenced to death for the murders of Cheryl Borden, his estranged wife, and Roland Harris, Cheryl’s father. Both murders occurred in 1993 during a family gathering.
Based on court documents, on Christmas Eve 1993, Jeffrey Borden took his wife and three children to his in-laws’ Gardendale home. Prior to the trip, Cheryl had informed Borden of her intention to move in with her family.
At one point during the family gathering, Jeffrey, Cheryl, Roland, and the three children went to Jeffrey’s car to retrieve several items.
While Cheryl moved some cardboard boxes in the back of the vehicle, the death row inmate whipped out his gun, shooting his estranged wife in the back of the head. Roland received a similar gunshot wound while he was running away.
According to the police report, the death row inmate executed Cheryl and her father in front of his children.
Borden was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder in 1995 and sentenced to death.
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