Claiming innocence, Alabama death row inmate seeks new
By KIM CHANDLER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Attorneys for an Alabama death row inmate are asking the Alabama Supreme Court to grant him a new trial.
The request has gained support from former prosecutors, judges and even a former state attorney general.
Toforest Johnson was convicted and sentenced to die for the 1995 murder of Jefferson County Deputy William Hardy.
The key witness was paid $5,000 for testifying that she heard a man she thought was Johnson admit the crime while she eavesdropped on a phone call.
Former state Attorney General Bill Baxley said he’s dumfounded the case ever reached a jury.
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9/9/2022 11:03:50 AM (GMT -5:00)