David Ray Duren



Age: 37


Summary: Alabama man who was convicted of murder for the 1983 shooting death of 16-year-old Kathleen Bedsole during a robbery and kidnapping in Jefferson County near Trussville, Alabama after he and an accomplice kidnapped the girl and her boyfriend Chuck Leonard from Leonard's parked car, put them in the trunk and drove them to a secluded area where they were shot (Leonard was wounded but survived), and who was the first inmate to be electrocuted since the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in October 1999 to consider whether Florida's use of the electric chair is cruel and unusual punishment.



Cause of Death: Executed by electric chair


Born: August 28, 1962


Died: January 7, 2000


Location: Atmore, Alabama