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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

Alabama jury votes to impose death penalty for Peter Capote in Shoals teen's slaying

Peter Capote
A jury today recommended the death penalty for Peter Capote, one of five people accused in the 2016 slaying of Shoals teenager Ki-Jana Freeman.

The Colbert County jury voted 10-2 to impose the death penalty after convicting Capote, a 24-year-old Muscle Shoals man, of capital murder. He also was convicted of first-degree assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Circuit Judge Hal Hughston Jr. will issue a formal sentence May 24.

Freeman was fatally shot March 1, 2016 as he sat in a Mustang with his friend Tyler Blythe outside Spring Creek Apartments in Tuscumbia. Blythe, 17, was injured in the shooting.

Colbert County Assistant District Attorneys Kyle Brown and Angela Hulsey prosecuted the case. After today's verdict, Brown said he's thankful to get justice for Freeman's family.

"They've been through so much," Brown said. "Their patience and strength have been so impressive to me."

Capote is the third man convicted in the case. 

Prosecutors said Capote and Benjamin Young, who was sentenced to death last month, were the trigger men. 

De'Vontae Bates pleaded guilty last year to criminal conspiracy and agreed to testify about the plan to kill Freeman. His sentencing is scheduled later this year.

Two others -- Riley Hamm Jr. and Thomas Hubbard -- are awaiting trial. Hubbard is set for trial in June. Hamm's case likely will go to trial next year.

Authorities have said the suspects arranged to either buy or sell an Xbox to Freeman, but the transaction was a setup. 

The suspects believed Freeman and another man had stolen an XBox and TV two days earlier in a burglary.

Source: AL.com, Ashley Remkus, April 26, 2018


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