Supreme Court upholds death case, reverses another


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has asked two lower courts to reexamine their decisions upholding the death sentence of Christopher Anthony Floyd for the 1992 robbery and shooting of a worker at an Ashford store.

Meanwhile the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death sentence given 28-year-old Andrew Reid Lackey for the Halloween night 2005 murder and robbery of 80-year-old Charles Newman in 2005 in Limestone County.

Floyd was sentenced to die for the 1992 shooting death of Waylon Crawford during a robbery at a small store he and his wife ran in Houston County.

The Supreme Court asked the Court of Criminal Appeals and the trial judge in Houston County to reconsider whether prosecutors had adequate reasons for eliminating blacks and women from the jury.

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