Court upholds case of Ala death row inmate


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appeals court is upholding the case of an Alabama inmate sentenced to death after he pleaded guilty to killing two men in 1996.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals refused to overturn the conviction of David Eugene Davis on Friday.

A St. Clair County judge sentenced Davis to death after he pleaded guilty, and the judges say the conviction and sentence should stand.

The decision says Davis shot and killed Kenneth Douglas and John Fikes during a confrontation, then set fire to a house.

Davis claimed a judge talked to jurors improperly and that his lawyers provided ineffective counsel, but the appeals court rejected those arguments.

The court also ruled that Davis knew what he was doing when he pleaded guilty.

Davis is on death row at Holman Prison.

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