Court upholds death sentences from 2 Ala. counties

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld death penalty cases from Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties.

The court ruled 5-0 Friday against Roy Edward Perkins in his second round of appeals from his capital murder conviction in Tuscaloosa County. He was sentenced to die for the shooting death of Cathy Gilliam during a kidnapping in August 1990. The appeals court rejected his argument that there were errors in his trial, including the use of false evidence.

The court also ruled 5-0 against Donnis George Musgrove in his second round of appeals from his capital murder conviction for the September 1986 shooting death of Coy Eugene Barron at his home in the Robinwood community near Birmingham. The court turned down Musgrove's argument that newly discovered evidence would prove him innocent.



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