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  1. Kuenzel v. State (1990)

    William Ernest Kuenzel was indicted and convicted for the capital robbery-murder of Linda Jean Offord under Ala.Code 1975, ง 13A-5-40(a)(2). The trial judge accepted the unanimous recommendation of the jury and sentenced the defendant to death by electrocution. The trial and sentencing procedures were in accord with the applicable sections of Alabama's 1981 Death Penalty Act found in Ala.Code 1975, ง 13A-5-39 et seq. The defendant raises 27 major issues on this appeal from his conviction [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama
  2. Cumbo v. State (1978)

    The appellant was indicted for the first degree murder of Lawrence William Hicks, Jr. A jury found him guilty of murder in the second degree and punishment was set at thirty years' imprisonment.


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama
  3. Taylor v. State (1994)

    Michael Shannon Taylor, the appellant, was convicted of the capital murders of Ivan Ernest Moore and Lucille Moore of Gadsden, Alabama. The trial court accepted the unanimous recommendation of the jury and sentenced the appellant to death. The appellant raises 26 issues on this direct appeal from that conviction.


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR 92-1313
  4. Faircloth v. State (1984)

    Michael C. Faircloth and his cousin Jim Carl Faircloth were jointly indicted for attempted rape in violation of Alabama Code § 13A-4-2 (1975). Both defendants were found guilty in a joint trial and sentenced to fifty years' imprisonment. This appeal is by Michael Faircloth.


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama
  5. Williams v. State (1996)

    The Mobile County grand jury returned four separate indictments (CC-92-1552, CC-92-1553, CC-92-1554, and CC-92-1555) against the appellant, Jason Oric Williams, on April 21, 1992. In case CC-92-1552, he was charged with and convicted of the capital offenses of killing two persons during a robbery in the first degree or an attempt thereof, a violation of § 13A-5-40(a)(2), Code of Alabama 1975.[1] In case CC-92-1553, he was charged with and convicted of the capital offenses of murders wherein [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-92-0382
  6. Coral v. State (1992)

    On original submission, we remanded this case to the trial court with instructions to comply with §§ 13A-5-47 through -52, Code of Alabama 1975, by entering specific written findings concerning the existence or nonexistence of aggravating and mitigating circumstances and, once again, to decide the appropriate punishment by reweighing the proper aggravating circumstances against any proper mitigating circumstances. Coral v. State, 585 So.2d 248 (Ala.Cr.App.1991). We also instructed the trial [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-89-1117
  7. Haney v. State (1991)

    Appellant, Judy M. Haney, was indicted on November 6, 1987, in Talladega County, in a two-count indictment for the capital offenses of murder for hire, in violation of § 13A-5-40(a)(7), and murder committed during a robbery in the first degree, § 13A-5-40(a)(2), Code of Alabama 1975. The indictment reads, in part, as follows:


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: Rehearing Denied November 15, 1991
  8. Dill v. State (1991)

    Jimmy Lee Dill was indicted for capital murder in violation of § 13A-5-40(a)(2), Code of Alabama 1975. He was found "guilty as charged in the indictment" and was sentenced to death. The record reveals that the victim, Leon Shaw, drove to Terry Dill's house on the afternoon of February 8, 1989. Shaw was not supposed to be driving because he was serving time at the Federal Work Release Center for a drug violation. Shaw was, however, allowed to leave the center to go to work. He operated the Rose [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR 89-1125
  9. Hooks v. State (1987)

    Joseph Bryant Hooks was indicted for the capital offenses of intentional murder during the course of a robbery (in violation of § 13A-5-40(a)(2), Code of Alabama 1975) and the murder of two or more persons (in violation of § 13A-5-40(a)(10), Code of Alabama 1975 as amended.) The appellant entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. After hearing the evidence presented at the guilt phase of the trial, the jury found the appellant guilty of both capital offenses as charged [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama
  10. Burton v. State (1993)

    The appellant, Charles Lee Burton, was convicted of murder made capital because it was committed during the course of a robbery in the first degree. § 13A-5-40(a)(2), Code of Alabama 1975. The jury unanimously voted for the death penalty. The trial court accepted the jury's recommendation and sentenced the appellant to death by electrocution.


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-91-1185
  11. Parker v. State (1991)

    John Forrest Parker, the appellant, was indicted for capital murder for pecuniary gain in violation of Ala.Code 1975, ž 13A-5-40(a)(7). The jury found him "guilty of the offense of capital murder" and, by a vote of ten to two, recommended that he be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The trial judge overrode the jury's recommendation and sentenced Parker to death by electrocution. This appeal is from that conviction and sentence.


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR 89-838
  12. Hallford v. State (1988)

    Appellant, Phillip D. Hallford, was indicted on July 10, 1986, in Dale County, for the capital offense of murder committed during a robbery in the first degree, in violation of § 2(a)(2), Act No. 81-178, Ala. Acts 1981, enacted March 31, 1981.[1] Omitting its formal parts, the indictment reads as follows:


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  13. Sockwell v. State (1993)

    The appellant, Michael Anthony Sockwell, was indicted for the murder of Isaiah Harris, made capital because it was committed for pecuniary gain or for valuable consideration or pursuant to a contract or for hire. See § 13A-5-40(7), Code of Alabama 1975. The jury found the appellant guilty of capital murder. By a vote of seven to five, the jury recommended that the appellant be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The trial judge overrode the jury's recommendation and sentenced the [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-89-225
  14. Boyd v. State (1997)

    The appellant, Anthony Boyd, was convicted of capital murder for the intentional murder during a kidnapping in the first degree, see § 13A-5-40(a)(1), Code of Alabama 1975. Following a sentencing hearing, the jury returned an advisory verdict recommending, by a vote of 10 to 2, the imposition of the death penalty. A separate sentencing hearing in front of the trial court was held, and the trial court sentenced the appellant to death by electrocution.


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-94-1523
  15. Smith v. State (1996)

    The appellant, James Wyman Smith, was indicted in 1986 by the Lee County grand jury, for the capital offense of murder committed during a kidnapping in the first degree, or an attempt thereof. See ง 13A-5-40(a)(1), Code of Alabama 1975. The indictment reads, in pertinent part, as follows:


    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-91-1733
  16. Magwood v. State (1985)

    Kenneth Earl Magwood, appellant, was indicted for the offense of robbery when the victim was intentionally killed. Ala. Code 1975, § 13A-5-31(a)(2) (Supp.1978) (repealed July 1, 1981).[1] He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty. A jury found him guilty of the capital offense charged in the indictment. A sentencing hearing before the jury was held in accordance with Beck v. State, 396 So.2d 645 (Ala.1980), and the jury fixed appellant's punishment at death. Thereafter, the trial court held a [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: Rehearing Denied November 12, 1985
  17. Duren v. State (1990)

    The appellant, David Ray Duren, appeals the denial of his Rule 20, A.R.Crim. P.Temp., petition. In 1984, the appellant was sentenced to death for the 1983 robbery and murder of Kathy Bedsole. We remanded appellant's case for written findings of fact relating to the punishment phase of the trial. Duren v. State, 507 So.2d 111 (Ala.Cr.App.1986). On return to remand, we affirmed appellant's conviction, as did the Alabama Supreme Court. Ex parte Duren, 507 So.2d 121 (Ala.1987). The United States [...]

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  18. Price v. State (1997)

    The appellant was convicted of capital murder, see § 13A-5-40(a)(2), Code of Alabama 1975, for the intentional murder of Bill Lynn during a robbery in the first degree. He was also convicted of robbery in the first degree, a violation of § 13A-8-41, Code of Alabama 1975, for the robbery of Bessie Lynn, Bill Lynn's wife.[1] Following the guilt phase of the appellant's trial, a sentencing hearing was held before the jury. The jury returned an advisory verdict on the capital murder conviction [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-92-0882
  19. Burgess v. State (1997)

    Alonzo Lydell Burgess was convicted by a Jefferson County jury of the attempted murder of LaRico Devon Long, § 13A-4-2, Ala. Code 1975, and of the capital murder of Shelia Nnodimele, Alexis Nnodimele, and Latoria Long by one act or pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, § 13A-5-40(a)(10), Ala.Code 1975. The jury recommended, by an 8-4 vote, that Burgess receive a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. The trial court sentenced Burgess to death. Burgess appeals from the capital [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-93-1147
  20. Hyde v. State (1998)

    The appellant, James Matthew Hyde, was charged with the capital murder of Ernest Andrew Whitten. The murder was made capital 1) because it occurred during a burglary, see ง 13A-5-40(a)(4), Ala.Code 1975; 2) because Whitten was a grand jury witness, see ง 13A-5-40(a)(14), Ala.Code 1975; 3) because Whitten had been subpoenaed to testify at the trial of Larry Whitehead, see ง 13A-5-40(a)(14), Ala. Code 1975; and 4) because Whitten was a police officer who was killed as a result of a [...]

    Court: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama Docket: CR-95-2036

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