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- Anniston murder
- Man convicted of attempted murder of
- Death penalty
A domestic dispute turned deadly Wednesday
night in Anniston. Police say that 30-year-old Tanya Grizzard was
shot multiple times in the head at the home of her ex husband on
north marshall street in west Anniston. Authorities say that the
woman’s ex husband Richard Tidwell, allegedly shot her with a small
caliber handgun before turning the gun on himself. Police were
called to the home by a concerned friend near 5:30 Wednesday
evening. Grizzard was pronounced dead at the scene.Tidwell was
transported to a Birmingham hospital where he is being treated for a
gunshot wound to the head, Tidwell was listed in critical condition
Man convicted of attempted murder of former
A St. Clair County jury deliberated for less
than two hours Wednesday before finding a Cropwell man guilty of
the attempted murder of a former Pell City councilman. 40 year old
John Tracy Morgan, was convicted of the attempted murder of 59 year
old Dale Richey. Morgan’s sentencing hearing has been set for
Tuesday, June 3rd,. Testimony showed that on June 9, 2006, Morgan
shot Richey, who was unarmed, after he intervened in a verbal
confrontation between Morgan and his sister, Richey’s wife, Bonnie
Morgan Richey. Richey almost died from his wound. He remained
unconscious at University Hospital in Birmingham for two weeks after
the shooting. The bullet remains lodged in his spine. Morgan’s
attorney contended his client felt threatened and only shot Richey
in self-defense because a perceived threat.
Alabama Attorney General Troy King said the
state will move quickly to resume executions now that the U.S.
Supreme Court rejected a Kentucky case challenging lethal
injection. Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the Death
Row inmate most likely to face execution next is Thomas Arthur, who
twice has come within hours of being put to death. The U.S. Supreme
Court could lift a stay in the Arthur case as early as Monday. The
attorney general then would ask the state Supreme Court to set a new
execution date, and Arthur could be executed 30 days later. No
state has executed a prisoner since the day the U.S. Supreme Court
announced in September that it would hear the Kentucky case. In that
case, Kentucky inmates unsuccessfully argued that lethal injection
amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Three executions scheduled in Alabama have been
halted during that time, two of them from central Alabama. An
Atlanta federal appeals court on Oct. 24 stayed the execution of
serial killer Daniel Siebert pending the outcome of the Kentucky
case. Siebert has other appeals pending, however, including one
alleging that drugs he takes for pancreatic cancer could react
poorly with drugs used in lethal injection, causing him pain.
Seibert had been convicted of multiple murders in Talladega County.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 31 stayed the execution of convicted
killer James Callahan. The court's order did not indicate why the
stay was issued, although Callahan had argued lethal injection was
cruel and unusual punishment. Callahan had been convicted of the
murder of a Jacksonville State University student in Jacksonville.
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