Alabama appeals court upholds 2 death sentences
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama appeals court has denied the appeals of two death row inmates, one from Jefferson County and the other from Montgomery County.
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the death sentence of 33-year-old Shonelle Andre Jackson for the 1997 slaying of Lefrick Moore during a carjacking in Montgomery. Jackson asked the court to overturn his death sentence based on various issues, including claims of juror misconduct.
The appellate court also upheld the death sentence given to 42-year-old Willie B. Smith III. Smith was convicted of the October 1991 slaying of Sharma Ruth Johnson, who was abducted while waiting to use a Birmingham ATM machine. She was later shot execution style in a cemetery.
Both Smith and Jackson are on their second round of appeals.