Appeals court upholds 2 Alabama death cases

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the cases of two inmates sentenced to death for murder.
The court turned down the appeal of 24-year-old Dontae Callen in a decision Friday. Callen was convicted of killing an aunt and two cousins in Jefferson County in 2010.
One of Callen's victims was 12. The appeals court ruled that Callen's death sentence wasn't out of line with punishment in other capital cases.
The court also upheld the Elmore County conviction of 28-year-old Calvin McMillan. He was convicted of killing James Bryan Martin during a robbery in 2009.
The judges upheld the decision of a lower court which rejected McMillan's claim that he was too mentally deficient to stand trial and face a death sentence.

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