Supreme Court sends death case back to lower court


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has sent the case of a death row inmate convicted in the 2000 death of an 87-year-old widow to a lower court for further review.

The court asked the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday to review the conviction of 46-year-old Rex Allen Beckworth. He was sentenced to death for the beating and shooting death of Bessie Lee Thweatt.

Beckworth and his younger half- brother, James Walker, were accused of killing Thweatt after breaking into her Houston County home. Court records said Thweatt was known to keep money in the house.

The court asked the criminal appeals court to study whether the state failed to disclose to defense attorneys a statement made be Walker that he was the one who killed Thweatt.

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