The martyrdom of James was recorded in Acts 12:2. He was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred. His death was an order by King Harrod Agrippa I of Judea. Jesus's prophecy of James' death for Christ was in Mark 10:35-45. Clemens Alexandrinus wrote that when James was being lead to his execution, his incredible courage caused one of his captors to actually fall on his knees before James, asked for his forgiveness, and admitted that he himself was a Christian too. The man actually had the courage to say that James should not die alone, so they were both beheaded.
Around this time, the deacons Timon and Parmenas were executed in another location. All executions were performed in the year A.D. 44