Even though Christopher T. Johnson has asked the Court to impose the death penalty it is still reprehensible that the State of Alabama participates in state killing.
There is no correlation between the use of the death penalty and the lessening of homicides. It can only exist because of a culture that supports killing for revenge.
The death penalty is not imposed in most of the nations in the world.
Aside from the United States and Belarus there are no countries with a Judeo-Christian population that still use capital punishment.
The death penalty has been abolished for all crimes by every country in Western Europe. In Eastern Europe the Russian Federation has held a moratorium on executions and death sentences for more than 10 years but still needs to abolish the death penalty in law.