At 6:49 p.m. yesterday, Alabama executed 37-year-old Derrick O’Neal Mason after he had spent 16 years on death row. Mason was convicted of killing a woman during an attempted robbery and is the fifth inmate put to death in Alabama this year. He is also the third inmate to die this week, after Georgia executed the (likely innocent) Troy Davis and Texas executed white supremacist John William King on Wednesday. Mason is the 36th inmate the nation has executed in 2011 alone. Earlier this month, the judge who sentenced Mason to death urged Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to spare his life because “if he had tried the case as a more experienced jurist, he would have sentenced Mason to life without the possibility of parole.” Bentley denied his request.