In January of the year 2000 David Duren became the first person to be executed by the State of Alabama in this new century. David realized that according to the law he deserved to die for the heinous crimes he committed--the murder of Nancy Kathleen Bedsole (just 16 years old) and attempted murder of her young friend, Charles Leonard, Jr. David confessed his guilt and asked for the death penalty. David was baptized just before writing the following letter. Twelve years after David wrote this he is dead, at age 36.