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Hinton Capital Murder Case Sent Back to Court

By Associated Press

Birmingham AL – The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that a judge must take another look at a capital murder case that has become a rallying point for death penalty opponents.

The court issued an 8-0 decision Friday saying a Jefferson County judge must review Anthony Ray Hinton's claim that he did not have an effective attorney at trial because the lawyer did not hire a qualified firearms expert.

Hinton was sentenced to die for the shooting deaths of John Davidson and Thomas Wayne Vason during robberies at fast-food restaurants in Birmingham in 1985.

Hinton was arrested after a third robbery and nonfatal shooting. The prosecution had a forensic expert tie the gun in that case to the two fatal robberies.

Death penalty opponents have cited Hinton as someone who lacked money to put up an adequate defense.

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